Posts Tagged 'TED talk'

What Makes a Hero

Hero's Journey

Check out the Ted.Ed animated illustration “What Makes a Hero” of Joseph Campbell‘s Hero’s Journey, in relation to our lives and also literature and movies. Film by Matthew Winkler.

Elizabeth Gilbert: Your Elusive Genius


From Sharon:

In my ruminations on the discussion [on James Hillman and active imagination] I remembered a TED Talk by Elizabeth Gilbert, a writer.  It’s about 20 minutes long. In the first seven minutes she’s giving some background to what she wants to offer. Then she talks about the daimon, and she gives some fascinating examples of other writers’ experiences.  In light of our discussion, what she’s talking about can apply to much, much more than writing.

Vulnerability is Our Most Accurate Measurement of Courage

There is so much to recommend about both of the these TED Talks by research professor Brené Brown, who studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Very meaningful and very funny!

“The Power of Vulnerability” December 2010

“Listening to Shame” March 2012

“There was only one variable that separated the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging and the people who really struggle for it. And that was, the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they’re worthy of love and belonging. That’s it. They believe they’re worthy. . . . What do these people have in common? . . . [they are] whole-hearted people, living from this deep sense of worthiness . . . [they have] a sense of courage . . . they had the compassion to be kind to themselves first and then to others . . . and they were willing to let go of who they thought they should be in order to be who they were.”

Individuation, if you ask me.

“You know what the big secret about TED is? This is like the failure conference. You know why this place is amazing? Because very few people here are afraid to fail. And no one that gets on this stage as far as I’ve seen has not failed.”

A Series of Unfortunate Assumptions

Here’s an interesting talk from by journalist, author, and public speaker Kathryn Schulz. The title is “On Being Wrong” and there’s so much to recommend about what she has to say. It’s about how we see the world and ourselves, and how completely wrong we usually are. It’s also about becoming conscious—always of interest to Jungians.

“Because, unlike God, we don’t really know what’s going on out there. And unlike all of the other animals, we are obsessed with trying to figure it out. To me, this obsession is the source and root of all of our productivity and creativity.”

“I thought this one thing was going to happen and something else happened instead.” This one quote seems to sum up most of what happens to us. It reminds me of a quote from the Dalai Lama, when asked whether he gets angry: “Something happens. It isn’t what you expected. Anger arises. But, you know, it doesn’t have to be a problem.”

You can find a ton of great talks to watch and listen to on


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