Fascinating TED Talk on Neuroscience

Beware ‘Neuro Bunk’…

One of the most important aspects of our approach to NLP over the years, has been to study the scientific background to its tools and concepts, and incorporate this into the way we present its practical applications and relevance – particularly in a business context.

Now it seems that  ‘NLP and Neuroscience’ has become the latest ‘thing’ – and while we welcome this in principle, we have also been concerned that because it is ‘fashionable’ it may be treated in an over-simplified and superficial manner, in much the same way that the potential value of NLP itself has been diluted over the years because of poor practise.

Which is why we were so interested to see this TED Talk from Neuroscientist Molly Crockett, which suggests taking the same cautious view of the populist approach…

http://www.ted.com/talks/molly_crockett_beware_neuro_bunk.html

 

TED Talks

Two new and fascinating TED Talks – ideas that can make a real difference…

Amy Cuddy – Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

http://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are.html

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success.

Amy Cuddy’s research on body language reveals that we can change other people’s perceptions — and even our own body chemistry — simply by changing body positions.

Shawn Achor – The Happy Secret to Better Work

http://www.ted.com/talks/shawn_achor_the_happy_secret_to_better_work.html

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivered lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard. He is the CEO of Good Think Inc., a Cambridge-based consulting firm which researches positive outliers — people who are well above average — to understand where human potential, success and happiness intersect. Based on his research and 12 years of experience at Harvard, he clearly and humorously describes to organizations how to increase happiness and meaning, raise success rates and profitability, and create positive transformations that ripple into more successful cultures.

TED Talks

Watch Brene Brown on TED Talks

Her insights on ‘Vulnerability’ are poignant, informative and highly entertaining.  Watch it here  …and if you like this, you’ll also appreciate her talk on ‘Listening to Shame’

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

 

TED Talks

Interesting TED Talks by Peter van Uhm “Why I Chose a Gun”.

He is the Netherlands’ Chief of Defense.  However, as you’ll see, that does not mean he is pro-war.  Some fascinating insights – watch it here