“Wonder” is a touching film inspired by the novel by R.J. Palacio, following a young boy with Treacher Collins. Treacher Collins is a syndrome that changes the bone-structure of the face, resulting in facial differences. This movie, featuring Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson and Jacob Tremblay, is using the box office to raise awareness for how these facial differences result in social and emotional challenges for someone.
Despite raising awareness, “Wonder” highlights the importance of the psychological elements of post-traumatic growth and resiliency.
Throughout this episode of the Shrink Tank Podcast, our panel of Shrinks gives homage to “Wonder” by discussing their own serious and funny examples of post-traumatic growth and resilience. These stories inspire a discussion on how social support, a sense of humor and the right mindset all aid in post-traumatic growth and being resilient.
In our Being Human segment, we discuss the findings of how being too intelligent can impact your leadership skills. Our panelists discuss the differences between IQ scores in comparison with emotional intelligence, communication styles, and other information processing.
In lieu of our Doctor’s Orders segment, we discuss Shrink Tank’s six nominees for the 2017 Champion of Mental Health.
To be nominated, a candidate had to have gone public with their personal connection to mental illness or traumatic experiences and have used their celebrity status for advocacy and awareness.
In other words, it wasn’t just about them sharing a struggle, but also steps they had taken—or were taking—to manage their mental health.
Cast your vote and learn more about the nominees here or vote below:
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