Plus, Rory is pretty funny. :) It is my perception that things are funnier when said in a British accent. :)
Here's the description:
The circumstances of our lives may matter less than how we see them, says Rory Sutherland. At TEDx Athens, he makes a compelling case for how reframing is the key to happiness.Warning: use headphones if there are children present--he occasionally swears. :)
Can't view the TED talk? Here's the link.
I have to admit, when he was talking about the study with the dogs and the electric floor, I thought of writers. The button in the box is self-publishing. As writers, how much more control do we feel over our destiny, just because that button is there? Even if we never push it?
I also feel like this discussion of psychological framework adds credibility to Jane's understanding of why we can be more successful at life if we treat it like a game.
And, gives us an understanding of the psychological solution Charlie Todd found to combat boredom on that huge subway escalator.
Things are starting to tie together. :)
And these things are important.
If perception is leaky, and if psychological solutions are crucial ways to solve problems, then what does this mean for us? As writers, I think that we deal chiefly in psychological solutions. We don't make something concrete, like knitted socks. We share ideas through words. Ideas which become a shared psychological experience when people read those words. Does this TED talk make us think of that product in a different light?
Or does it make us feel differently about how we deal with our own psychological struggle to produce our writing on a daily basis? If we don't prefer to revise, for example, (I just picked that example out of the air, really I did :)) can we find a psychological solution for this? Can we find a way to change our perspective in order to change our reality?
What connections did you make during this talk?
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