Our Featured TED Talks

TED is a nonprofit organisation that is devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). As an organisation, TED began in 1984 as a simple conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world.

At The Liberation Place, we strongly feel that education an information is an important part of the recovery process. Understanding why we do the things we do is a part of human nature called curiosity. We believe that the following videos are extremely relevant and useful for creating insight, and action, in recovery. Please feel free to contact us with any comments or suggestions about the content we provide here, as we are always looking for additional resources for our library. 

 

Gabor Mate - The Power of Addiction

Canadian physician Gabor Maté is a specialist in terminal illnesses, chemical dependents, and HIV positive patients. Dr. Maté is a renowned author of books and columnist known for his knowledge about attention deficit disorder, stress, chronic illness and parental relations. 

 

 

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Daniel Levitin - How to Stay Calm When You Know You'll be Stressed

You're not at your best when you're stressed. In fact, your brain has evolved over millennia to release cortisol in stressful situations, inhibiting rational, logical thinking but potentially helping you survive, say, being attacked by a lion. Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin thinks there's a way to avoid making critical mistakes in stressful situations, when your thinking becomes clouded -- the pre-mortem. "We all are going to fail now and then," he says. "The idea is to think ahead to what those failures might be."

 

 
 
Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathise, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Elizabeth Gilbert - Your Elusive Creative Genius

Elizabeth Gilbert muses on the impossible things we expect from artists and geniuses -- and shares the radical idea that, instead of the rare person "being" a genius, all of us "have" a genius. It's a funny, personal and surprisingly moving talk.

 

 

 

 

 

Sheena Iyengar - The Art of Choosing

Sheena Iyengar studies how we make choices -- and how we feel about the choices we make. At TEDGlobal, she talks about both trivial choices (Coke v. Pepsi) and profound ones, and shares her groundbreaking research that has uncovered some surprising attitudes about our decisions.

  

 

 

 

 

Martin Seligman - The New Era of Possitive Psychology

Martin Seligman talks about psychology -- as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jill Bolte Taylor - My Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions -- motion, speech, self-awareness -- shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

 

 

 

 

Johann Hari - Everything You Know About Addiction is Wrong!

What really causes addiction -- to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do -- and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem.