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Addressing Violence Against Women Globally | Cindy Dyer | TEDxSMU

I haven’t experience domestic violence personally, but I know people around me who has. What upset me the most is when I hear people say that the woman knew what she was getting herself into, or that if she wanted  she could have left him. I’ve experienced a situation where the man was holding his wife at gun point calling her all kinds of names, the woman called her in-laws who lived near her, and they said that they were not gonna get involved…….

Video and the rest of the post , on link below


Female Sexual Shame Hurts Us All | Jennifer Gunsaullus

Have you ever felt ashamed by your sexuality ? I know I’ve often felt shame from liking sex too much or talking about it too much.  I used to  a very bad relationship with sex, probably because of my history of abuse, where I would use my sexuality to make man suffer, in my own way.

The video and the rest of my thoughts about the subject

Depression and spiritual awakening — two sides of one door |- TED TALK

Time to talk – a parent’s perspective on children’s mental illness

On December 14, 2012, the day Adam Lanza killed his mother, then walked into a school in Newtown, Connecticut and shot 20 first graders and 6 brave educators, I shared my struggles as a parent of a child with mental illness on my anonymous blog, the Anarchist Soccer Mom. The post went viral, and it caused quite a bit of controversy. In that post, I wrote, “It’s time to talk about mental illness.” Why? One in five children has a serious and debilitating mental disorder. More than 4600 children and young people die each year from completing suicide. And yet across America, parents are struggling to find solutions for their hurting children. Too often, the only solution is jail: between 50 and 75 percent of children in juvenile detention have mental illness, often untreated, at a tremendous cost to taxpayers and society. Parents feel isolated, alone, and afraid. Pervasive stigma prevents us from even talking about our needs. One mother told me, “I know this sounds terrible, but I wish my daughter had cancer instead of a mental disorder. At least then I could talk about it.”
It’s time to talk.

When Perfect Isn’t Good Enough


Dr. Martin M. Antony is Director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Lab at Ryerson University and Immediate Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association. Dr. Martin Antony is also currently a professor and Graduate Program Director at Ryerson University.

The Aspire Project (Aspergers communication)

Ben is a freelance illustrator and designer based in Hobart. As a child, Ben received a diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome. Looking back as a young adult, he feels that the needs of high-functioning adolescents are neglected, as they tend to be grouped with younger and less well-functioning students or given no support at all.

Ben believes in the transformative power of stories and art, and for a student work,
created a hybrid comic and learning resource drawing on his own experiences to address this problem.

The shocking truth about your health: Lissa Rankin


Lissa Rankin, MD is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women’s health and wellness community Discouraged by the broken, patriarchal health care system, she left her medical practice in 2007 only to realize that you can quit your job, but you can’t quit your calling. This epiphany launched her on a journey of discovery that led her to become a leader in the field of mind/body medicine, which she blogs about at and is writing about in her third book Mind Over Medicine: Scientific Proof You Can Heal Yourself (Hay House, 2013).

She teaches both patients and health care professionals how to make the body ripe for miracles by healing the mind and being healthy in all aspects of life, not just by promoting healthy behaviors like good nutrition, exercise, and adequate sleep, but by encouraging health and authenticity in relationships, work, creative expression, spirituality, sexuality, finances, and living environment. She is leading a revolution to feminize how health care is received and delivered by encouraging collaboration, fostering self-healing, reconnecting health care and spirituality, empowering patients to tap into the mind’s power to heal the body, and encouraging women not to settle for being merely well, but to strive for living vital, joyful, authentic lives full of “mojo.”

When not spreading the word, she chills out, paints, does yoga, and hikes in Marin County, CA with her husband and daughter.

Shift the Focus (TED talk about weight)

Lazy. Stupid. Worthless. From news media and magazines to professional conferences and government reports, these are the words often used to describe overweight and obese individuals. The endorsements of such stereotypes often lead to extreme weight loss practices which can induce feelings of guilt and shame. Despite the robust research demonstrating the negative impacts of weight-based discrimination, the stigma of obesity has yet to be addressed as a legitimate concern. Shift the Focus questions the science informing us about weight. It questions how and when weight discrimination became acceptable? Shift the Focus is about reclaiming our right to health and well being regardless of our size. Shift the Focus is about putting an end to weight-based discrimination.

How perception changes an illness: Neha Kinariwalla

Patients are profoundly affected by societies perception of their illnesses. So much so, that their own wellbeing can be at stake. Neha Kinariwalla is here to explain why this perception matters, and more importantly what we can do to change it. In this thought-provoking talk, Kinariwalla speaks of her journey through understanding stigma and what she is doing to reduce it. Equipped with destigmatizing theories of education and empathy, she presents The Humanology Project, a website devoted to destigmatizing illnesses [].

Neha Kinariwalla is an undergraduate student studying Sociology and International Studies at Stony Brook University. She is currently researching the psychosocial effects of epilepsy on marriages at Oxford University and Stony Brook Medical Center.

Great project!

Why Laugh? Why Here? Why Now? Michael Fields

The theme of the day today is laugh! So I will be posting back to back videos and everything I find about laughter that is worth sharing.