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The power of vulnerability - Brene Brown

In these poignant talks Brene Brown shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. This is a great talk about how a person may, with complete integrity, avoid difficult issues that hamstrong them and those around them. A great talk and worth the time invested. The second video includes a short animated clip with her voice-over about entering other people's world in order to create connection and be real in relationship.

Empathy - the capacity to enter another's world

This type of empathy is often presented as a solution. However it is not a solution it simply is. It is us getting with others while being vulnerable. In psychodrama it is a type of doubling through our capacity to reverse roles with them. Entering into another’s dark spaces, join them in their bear-cave, is a true form of love.

 

Listening to Shame - Brene Brown - A short video

Brene Brown does it again talking about her vulnerability and the value of shame. She refers to the quote below which strongly reminds me of Moreno's idea of us being bold existentialists, people who boldly stand out, or stand forth.

“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”  Theodore Roosevelt

Psychodrama: The bare bones

This chapter starts with a concise overview of psychodrama that I have called the basics. Within the basics I present the five instruments of psychodrama, the three phases of a typical psychodrama sessions, the seven main techniques from which so many others are derived, and finally the operating principles for using these basics. Then follows a short section on a limited range of psychodrama philosophy that informs and influences the principles, and the unfolding of the sessions where it might be used. Finally, I give three case examples of using these methods – the practice component.

Alain de Botton

This is a great short, super short, video from a mob called the School of Life where Alain de Botton features prominently. As I ran a workshop series called 'Happiness' I am miffed that I didn't have this to use back then.

Dan Ariely - Applying the concept of warm-up to psychological research on lying

Dan Ariely has a number of great TED talks and we have some of them here. The article here is a brief radio interview on NPR, USA public radio, where he discusses some of his experiments with regards to lying. The main interest for us, or me at least, is not so much the remarkable creativity he has displayed to catch everyday people being a ‘bit’ crooked, but how the psychodramatic concept of warm-up would enrich his theorizing. I have also added a couple of his papers for those who like to read. His talk on What makes us feel good at work may be found by clicking here; his talk on Intuition and how wrong it may be can be found by clicking here.

 

Heros come in many forms and this is certainly one of them - continuing and never letting go: Diana Nyad.

About Diana Nyad's TedTalk

Stung by jellyfish, choking on salt water, hallucinating in the pitch black, 64-year-old Diana Nyad kept swimming. She describes the journey of her historic 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida.

About Diana Nyad

From 1969 to 1979, Diana Nyad was known as the world's best long-distance swimmer. In 1979, she finished the then-longest swim in history: 102.5 miles from Bimini to Florida. At age 60, she began preparing for her most ambitious swim: 110 miles from Cuba to Florida. She'd tried it once in her 20s and didn't make it. With a strong team and new commitment, she jumped back into the sea decades later.

How Do We Change When We Really Listen To The People We Love?

This talk is included because it is wonderful and because it shows again the capacity human beings have for being creative and remarkable creatures, the power of stories, and the power of listening and being listened to.

About Dave Isay's TED Talk

Dave Isay started StoryCorps with a recording booth in Grand Central Terminal, and an open invitation for people to interview one another. Since then, it's turned into a massive archive of intimate conversations.

About Dave Isay

Dave Isay is the founder of StoryCorps, an audio project that has collected more than 50,000 personal interviews. The archives of StoryCorps are kept at the Library of Congress' American Folklife Center, and constitute the largest single collection of recorded voices in history.

StoryCorps invites friends and loved ones to conduct 40-minute interviews at small recording booths across the country. Offering moving and surprising glimpses into the lives of often marginalized and forgotten subjects, the interviews are a familiar feature of NPR's Morning Edition and Storycorps.org.

Leadership and Evelyn Glennie: How Do We Listen When We're Unable to Hear?

This is a great article about passion, staying the course, leadership and music. We have both a video of this remarkable woman as well as the great radio transcript. Her leadership changed the way music was done in the UK and allowed proficient deaf people access to all the major orchestras and performance spaces.