Dr.DDr. Karen McCleskey, Licensed Counselor

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    July, 2017:

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Skills for Healthy Romantic Relationships | Joanne Davila | TEDx

This is a fantastic talk about exactly what the title of the talk is. It's one of the best talks I've heard on primary love relationships. It's not a re-hash of all the previous relationship research we've all heard; it's some brand new information. 

Watching a TEDx talk works a little differently than regular TED talks. The link is not hot. To watch this video, copy and paste the link above into your browser. It'll take you to YouTube where you can watch this amazing presentation. 


 https://youtu.be/KSXh1YfNyVA  copy and paste this into your browser.

 The Simple Cure for Loneliness     Baya Voce    TEDx
To watch this absolutely powerful video you just need to copy and paste the link into your browser. The link isn't hot because this comes from TEDx. 


June, 2017

Ruth Chang:    How To Make Hard Decisions.  Excellent

Kelly McGonigal:    How to Make Stress Your Friend.  She has come up with a new and eye-opening way to view stress. Excellent video. Worth your time.  *She’s Jane McGonigal’s twin sister. Go down to the ‘J’s’ and check out her video if you haven’t already seen it.

​                                         REGULAR TED INFORMATION:

This page makes available to you a list, along with some brief descriptions of some of my very favorite TED's. If you don't know about TED, just go to http://www.ted.com and be prepared for a wonderful experience!

Quite honestly, I wouldn't put a presentation on this list if I didn't think it would be helpful or beneficial in some way to you, either professionally or personally.
Hope you enjoy them!

**To watch any of these talks, just go to 
http://www.ted.com.  In the top right hand side of the page, go to the last icon (the little magnifying glass) and click on it. It will say 'Type Search Here'. Just type in the person’s name. You'll then be taken to their talks. Some of the people I have listed have more than one TED talk so if you're wanting to watch my recommendations, just be sure to check the title of the TED talk I've put below. ENJOY!

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Alain de Botton:    All of his talks are great. I love this guy. He has a CD out called The Consolations of Philosophy which I’m listening to now and it’s amazing. I recently read an article by him titled Why You Will Marry The Wrong Person. It's much more positive than the title might indicate....  I put a link to this article on the 'Smart Partnering' page 

Amy Cuddy:   Excellent!  Your body language shapes who you are. Her own personal experience is shared and is amazing

Barry Schwartz:   On Our Loss of Wisdom

Barry Schwartz:    On The Paradox of Choice

Barry Schwartz:    On Practical Wisdom

Ben Dunlap:    Hard to describe, but definitely worth it; his delivery is unique and powerful

Brene Brown:    Has 2 talks: Vulnerability; Shame. Eye-opening and very, very thought-provoking. I would like to have lunch with her. I think every therapist in Georgia who's been to any workshop I've done in the last 3 years has seen a Brene Brown video. Yes, I admit it. I have a girl crush on her

Bryan Stevenson:    A New Look At Injustice   A must see.  I would like to spend a couple of hours just listening to this man. He has a fairly new book out titled Just Mercy. HIGHLY recommended 

Cindy Gallup:    Make Love Not Porn  **NOTE: some would consider this X rated.  I don’t, but then again, I am a pervert……..it may be on YouTube now)

Clint Smith:    The Danger of Silence; short, but incredibly powerful. Highly recommended.  I’d like to have lunch with him. I think I’d learn a lot

Dan Ariely:    Has 3 talks: Buggy Code; Are We in Control of Our Own Decisions?; Beware of Conflicts of Interests

Damon Horowitz:    Has 2 talks: The Moral Operating System; Philosophy in prison

Dan Cobley:    What Physics Taught Me About Marketing

Dan Gilbert:    Why Are We Happy?

Daniel Goldstein:    The Fight Between Ourselves and Our Future Selves

Daniel Kahneman:     Behavioral Economics Founder

David R. Dow:    Lessons From Death Row Inmates 

David Kelley:    Creativity: Bringing It Back

 **Deborah Rhodes:    Ways To Find Over 3 x The Amount of Breast Tumors and Why It’s Not Available (all women and all the people who love them need to watch this)

 Ed Gavagan:    A Story About Knots and Surgeons

 Elyn Saks:    A Tale of Mental Illness -- From The Inside

Elizabeth Gilbert:    Surprisingly very good.  (This is the Eat, Pray, Love author). You might want to give it a try. Not exactly sure how to describe it

Esther Perel: She has some very informative talks on love relationships. Like why we cheat. How to keep the sexual excitement in a marriage. They're really good videos.

Eve Ensler:    The one on security is my favorite

Frans de Waal:    Moral Behavior in Animals

Gary Vaynerchuk:    He says it the way it is (in his opinion) related to business. He makes some excellent points; some folks might find him a bit crude. Just a head’s up

Graham Hill:    The one about the box

Jane McGonigal:    The Game That Can Give You 10 Extra Years of Life    Absolutely Excellent!  I’d like to spend a day with her

J.K. Rowling:    Her commencement speech at Harvard. Superb!  This may be on YouTube now instead of TED. I’d enjoy a few days with this woman and I wouldn't ask a single Harry Potter question. I'd like to learn more about creativity and I think she'd have some amazing insights to share

Jill Bolte Taylor:    My Stroke of Insight (this is the title of her book, too)

Jane Fonda:    On Life’s 3rd Act

John Wooden:    I don’t know how to describe it. It’s truly inspiring and worth your time.

Jon Ronson:    Strange Answers to the Psychopath Test. Excellent! A must for mental health professionals.  I have about an hour’s worth of questions for him

Jonathan Haidt:    He discusses the moral roots of liberals and conservatives; It’s fascinating

Karen Armstrong:    She won a TED prize and used it to study compassion. That’s what this talk is about.  (See the talk by Krista Tippett also)  Brunch with her would work for me

Kathryn Schulz:    Has 2: On Being Wrong; On Regret; Both very good

Kristi Tippett:    Compassion. Really makes you think about compassion in some new ways. I LOVE her. She has an NPR radio program (podcasts) you might enjoy if you like this video. I’d love to spend a weekend with her in a cabin in the woods away from all distractions and just see how much wisdom I could absorb 

Larry Smith:   Why You Will Fail.   He makes a great case for I don’t know what. You may be tempted to turn it off, but give it a chance: it’s actually pretty profound. It’s kind of a wake up call. It really made me stop and think, but then again, just about every TED does that

LZ Granderson:    The Myth of the Gay Agenda. This presents the answer to the “gay agenda”.   It will astound you

Malcolm Gladwell:    Has 2.  This is the guy who wrote The Tipping Point and Blink and Outliers

Margaret Heffernan:     Dare to Disagree

Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi:    This is the guy who wrote Flow

Michael Norton:     How to Buy Happiness

Michael Sandel:    10 series lectures on morality.  This is on YouTube, not TED (I think….)  If you were at Ethics Alphabet, remember the Trolley Car?

Morgana Bailey:    The Danger of Hiding Who You Are

Nancy Duarte:    The Secret Structure of All Great Talks. Highly recommended for folks who want to do presentations and excellent in general. It's been very helpful to me in attempting to become a better presenter

Nigel Marsh:    How to Make Your Work Life Balance Work. One of my favorites! An afternoon with him at an Australian pub would be terrific

**Noel Bairey Merz:    The Single Biggest Health Threat Women Face    (all women and all the people who love them need to watch this)

Paul Zak:    Oxytocin

Peter Diamandis:    A New Way to See Things As Positive

Randy Pausch:    The Last Lecture. This is on YouTube now. Honestly, a true MUST SEE. He died a couples of years ago. I’d really like to have met him

Ric Elias:    3 Things I Learned While My Plane Crashed. He was on the plane that landed in the Hudson

Rives:    He has some funny, very insightful, and thought provoking ideas in his talks

Robert Sapolsky   I am his groupie. He’s fascinating!  Check YouTube for him also. He goes to the African Savannah for a couple of months every year to study stress in animals. I’d like to tag along for maybe a week

Rory Sutherland:    Has 4. All are very funny with profundity

Ruby Wax:    Issues About Depression We All Need to Think About

Scilla Elworthy:    Non-violence.  A hugely important message delivered with passion and practicality

Sheena Iyengar: Her talk is incredible. Be sure to  watch all the way to the very end when she and Chris talk

Sherry Turkle:  Connected But Alone

Susan Cain:    On Being Quiet.  Insights about introverts; excellent; one of my all time favorites. I’d like to have an extended lunch with her. I’d even buy. 

Seth Godin:    All.  He’s a business/marketing guy.

Shawn Achor:    Hilarious; spot on about happiness; really worth your time. Splitting some cheese fries at Chili’s and picking his brain. Now THAT would be great!

Sherman Nuland:    Has 2: first one is on electroshock therapy: HIS OWN!)  His 2nd one is on hope.  Be prepared: the first one is amazing!  He died in 2014. He’s someone I’d like to have met

Simon Sinek:    People Don’t Buy What You Do, They Buy Why You Do It   SUPERB

Steve Jobs:    His commencement address at Stanford; highly, highly recommended    

Thandie Newton:    Hard to describe, but brilliant. Supper would be great. She says some things I’d like to know more about; some things I just don't quite understand and would like to.

Vikram Patel:     Mental Health For All By Involving All. This is a  MUST watch if you are a mental health professional 

Viktor Frankl:    There are several videos, all excellent. My favorite one is Search for Meaning. These are all on YouTube.  Now this is one man I’d give anything to have spent the day with. He is the reason I am an existentialist. Or rather that I see the world through an existential lens. If you haven’t read Man’s Search for Meaning, I hope you will. It’s been known to have a life changing affect on some people.


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