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I've listened to “The Secret That Almost Killed Me” by Kirsten Johnson. I don't like the speaker much but I also relate to parts of the story. The dark secrets (mine were different, who doesn't have some?) and especially the recovery part. I, and many other people I know, experienced early sobriety in quite similar ways. That was where the peer support groups and especially the person who I often refer to as my "sober mentor" were extremely important. The latter person, especially, was the best model I'd ever seen for how to use anger constructively. I learned how anger, if channeled correctly, can be one of the best antidotes to anxiety and also a very powerful motivation to make constructive change. In that way, also good for depression. For me, this was perhaps the most useful emotional skill I'd learned about coping in early recovery. Not in therapy though.

Sherwin Nuland's TED talk about Depression/ECT is also one of my favorites. I really like his style and it is a very positive, inspiring recovery story. He also has the kind of humor that I appreciate.

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I've listened to “The Secret That Almost Killed Me” by Kirsten Johnson. I don't like the speaker much but I also relate to parts of the story. The dark secrets (mine were different, who doesn't have some?) and especially the recovery part. I, and many other people I know, experienced early sobriety in quite similar ways. That was where the peer support groups and especially the person who I often refer to as my "sober mentor" were extremely important. The latter person, especially, was the best model I'd ever seen for how to use anger constructively. I learned how anger, if channeled correctly, can be one of the best antidotes to anxiety and also a very powerful motivation to make constructive change. In that way, also good for depression. For me, this was perhaps the most useful emotional skill I'd learned about coping in early recovery. Not in therapy though.

Sherwin Nuland's TED talk about Depression/ECT is also one of my favorites. I really like his style and it is a very positive, inspiring recovery story. He also has the kind of humor that I appreciate.
Here's a TED talk on anger that I found interesting. Not one by a psychologist, but by a professor of management:

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Nuland's talk was also very interesting.
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Here's a TED talk on anger that I found interesting. Not one by a psychologist, but by a professor of management:



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Nuland's talk was also very interesting.


Thank you for this!!

Anger has always scared me, whether from someone else or from me. I struggle with it greatly.

The “sweet spot” was encouraging to me!
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Here's a TED talk on anger that I found interesting. Not one by a psychologist, but by a professor of management:

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Nuland's talk was also very interesting.

Oooooh, I relate so much to this! What he talks about is exactly many of my own experiences and life lessons. Also similar to what I'd learned from my father early in life - indirectly and pretty unconsciously back in my childhood, he was very much in-touch with his anger and sometimes overdid it, but mostly used it constructively to his goals. Then, when that sober mentor came along (after my using many wrong ways to manage my emotions for a decade at least), it just clicked immediately and was very easy for me to pick up and integrate it into my own personality/life strategies. Kinda natural. I love riding that current of irritation and anger even in small things like my busy city, when I need to commute to work in the mornings. I sometimes still suffer from depressive spells and lack of motivation, which can make it hard to get my day started. But when I do, when I get out, I most often need to go through a very irritating, hectic, anger-provoking environment, in order to get to work. Often even half-way through my commute, or by the time I arrive, I am awakened and charged with all that discomfort and irritation the commute caused. Then I get to my peaceful office and can start dealing with my day constructively. I also use my anger in leadership similarly to the speaker. And there is a lot more...

Nuland, from that video and from his books that I read, always seemed one of those "mental twins" for me (not the "bad at tech" part though). That's why I like his style, humor, topics of his interest, thoroughness, knowledge, general life experience, and motivation to go out and speak to the public about it all. I was actually planning to contact him personally. Unfortunately, he died shortly after I got sober and advanced with my own ordeals (which also included anxiety, depression and obsessiveness). I read his books and think that he would have fit perfectly in my particular constructive chain of choosing men and transference. I still imagine he and I could probably have been good friends at least for a while. Of course it is now just a fantasy I also like this talk by him, about hope and the respect for everyone's experience and going beyond ourselves. The kind of spirituality that I relate to: Sherwin Nuland: The extraordinary power of ordinary people | TED Talk
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This is an amazing talk on addiction.

It stuck me that connection is such a healing things for so many things that we struggle with.

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Yes, "You're not alone, we love you". The absence of that feeling, the absence of that kind of environment, is so . . . painful.
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Thanks for sharing... “you’re not alone, we love you” - this was not in my family of origin, at all. So painful.

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This is a great talk on epigenetics.

It could be mind blowing if you entertain it.

To me it’s very encouraging!

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This is an amazing talk on addiction.

It stuck me that connection is such a healing things for so many things that we struggle with.

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I thought this was a great talk too, and I agree that one can listen to something about "addiction" and apply to something in your life that isn't addiction.

I also discovered some great talks on "autoplay" or whatever after that, and listened to quite a few (more about life direction/goals kind of things).
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Just wanted to share this because it’s me right now.

It really spoke to me.

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