6 TED Talks You Need to Watch


It never ceases to amaze me how many people in this world have yet to become addicted to TED talks. I aspire to one day find myself on the TED stage, but wanted to share some of the TED talks that present an arsenal of essential information. I usually assign at least one of these, if not all, to my clients because they present information in a way that is accessible and actionable.

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

This talk integrates neurobiology with self perception in a way that is interesting and can be life changing. We often read body language as important communication, but rarely think about the fact that our body language not only influences others’ perceptions, but our brain’s understanding of our role in society.

Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability

When I assign this talk, I usually tell me client to listen to both of Brene Brown’s talks, in chronological order, so I will do that in this format as well. The follow up talk is entitled “Listening to Shame.” Dr. Brown is very gifted at taking information that can be a very tough/tender place and creating a casual openness to it. She presents the influence of shame on our identity, and clear practices that can allow us to work through shame and embrace our unique humanity.

Kelly McGonigal: How To Make Stress Your Friend

We are frequently warned of the dire health consequences of stress, but rarely given specific tools to work through stress other than being told to eliminate it. Kelly McGonigal presents a case in which the way we think about stress or perceive its effects can change our physiological response. This change in our response is protective against the long term effects of stress. This talk creates a path through which we can navigate and even embrace stress, a powerful tool for many busy folks.

Bruce Feiler: Agile Programming for Families

To me, this is the best of family therapy in one very accessible package. I love his concept of extending a successful business intervention to one of the most essential small organizations you will ever encounter- your household! We have engaged with these strategies in our house, and it has made a world of difference. I kind of wish that I had a business model where I could see it in action as well.

Glennon Melton: Lessons from the Mental Hospital

Glennon is refreshing in the fact that she is very engaging and authentic. She works very hard to make sure that you understand that her experiences have created a unique opportunity for growth, but she does not at all expect that she knows everything.

Jane McGonigal: The Game that can give you 10 Extra Years of Life

My husband and I watched this one together, and I remember thinking that I couldn’t wait to tear apart her argument that any video game could be beneficial- looks like I could use some therapy on this topic. I have seen, however, that the game she designed allows for some openness to challenge, which is a key factor in developing personal growth and recovery. I might even play it one day.

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