Lena Elizabeth

Santa Barbara, CA, United States

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Poetry. Writing. Psychology. New Media. Analytics. Environmental Science. Education. Love. Humanity. Neuroscience. Compassion. Art. Finding Inspiration.

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Lena Elizabeth
Posted 6 months ago
Cristina Domenech: Poetry that frees the soul
Thank you for this beautiful talk! In simple words, you defined the large, transformative power of poetry. Poetry allows us to say what we cannot say any other way and that is liberating. I was so moved by your talk, I included it on my website, www.personalhelicon.com. Your love for poetry, language and your students shines through. Thank you, thank you.
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Lena Elizabeth
Posted almost 2 years ago
Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head
So interesting, Eleanor. Thank you for telling your story! I wonder if you are familiar with Dr. Robert Firestone's work on the 'Critical Inner Voice?' Your description of the self destructive actions the voice began encouraging you to do seems in line with his theory that the inner voice is a form of an 'anti-self' that we all experience to varying degrees. http://www.psychalive.org/2009/06/critical-inner-voice/
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Lena Elizabeth
Posted almost 2 years ago
Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend
It's fascinating to think that our perception of stress has more of an effect on us than the stress itself. I find the more I use terms like "overwhelmed" and "stressed out" the more I feel overwhelmed and stressed out. This talk reminded me of an interesting article I read recently on how to silence the "inner voice" that is stressing you out (http://www.psychalive.org/2012/02/silence-the-inner-voice-thats-stressing-you-out/).
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Lena Elizabeth
Posted about 2 years ago
Al Vernacchio: Sex needs a new metaphor. Here's one ...
While I really enjoyed the breakdown of the problematic nature of the baseball/sex metaphors, I am not convinced that pizza is much better. For one, pizza is an indulgence that should only really be enjoyed on occasion, whereas sex can be a very healthy part of someone's everyday life. Because pizza is an indulgence, it is often followed by feelings of guilt. It's true that many people feel guilty after sex, but I don't think that is an emotionally constructive parallel to draw. Personally, I think there are TOO MANY metaphors and euphemisms for sex already and the best thing would be for us all to grow up and call a spade a spade (to borrow a phrase). We can talk about sex directly without relating acts of intimacy or our body parts to sports OR food or anything else.
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Lena Elizabeth
Posted about 2 years ago
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
I am a huge fan of Brene Brown and this talk. I think we all need encouragement to be 'excruciatingly vulnerable.' I read a great article recently on Why You Should Be the More Loving One and it reminded me of this talk, so I thought I would share it: http://www.psychalive.org/2013/06/why-you-should-be-the-one-who-loves-more/
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Lena Elizabeth
Posted about 2 years ago
Alex Laskey: How behavioral science can lower your energy bill
I love this! Inspiring people to change by harnessing competitive spirit is a great strategy. I think this behavioral science approach could be applied to lots of lifestyle changes. I was reminded of a nice article by psychologist Diane Renz on how to make healthy lifestyle changes (http://www.psychalive.org/2011/07/steps-to-healthy-lifestyle-changes/) Intention and motivation are key. Great talk, Alex!