About Agata

Languages

English, Polish

TED Conference

TEDActive 2014

Areas of Expertise

medicine, psychology

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

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Agata Lesnicka
Posted 4 months ago
Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be
I am sincerely surprised by how enthusiastic and uncritically this talk was welcomed. Even though I am all for tolerance to transgender people and they evoke my personal sympathy, surgical or hormonal influence at such a young age seems debatable and of dubious profits. What with cancer risk? What with risk of misdiagnosing transsexualism? Spack mentions psychometric test, yet fails to point out that we lack psychological lithmus paper for gender identity. He says that gender identity and sexual orientation is easy to confuse - I am surprised, for me they were always separate therefore I cannot understand why he mentions them in a talk on such topic at all. He manipulates saying that hormones are cheap or that it is such a popular topic. Diabetes, hypertension, depression - these are popular. I was also irritated by blowing used tolerance horn as if it would give more funding. In my country transsexual person must undergo a 2 year real life test and examination by several experienced professional and be adult to start a treatment. Due to financial matters it usually begins late after 18, yet most of them have supporting partners and find happiness. Transsexualism was nor removed from DSM-V altogether but now is in separate chapter. Doubtless ICD-11 would follow this trend somehow.
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Agata Lesnicka
Posted 5 months ago
Does a higher level of education increase happiness?
It doesn't neccesarily have to increase the happiness. Education typically increases general knowledge about life, other people, promotes further development. According to Kruger-Dunning effect the higher your competences, the more reservations you have about your knowledge. This may contribute to unhappiness and dissatisfaction. Also, the more you develop, the more own shortcomings you see. Being reflective helps to see things from a broader perspective. It is not without reason that people eagerly listen to optimists but tend to trust pessimists.
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Agata Lesnicka
Posted 5 months ago
Geena Rocero: Why I must come out
That is probably the strongest point of the whole talk. It is not pop culture self-acceptation (you're the best, you deserve everything etc.). Instead, it is deep and wise therefore promotes growth and personal development.
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Agata Lesnicka
Posted 7 months ago
Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating
It is not fear of rejection. Probably the pain of it would be milder than in real life. I just think that dating sited are swarmed by people who don't look for serious relationships but for casual sex instead.
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Agata Lesnicka
Posted 8 months ago
Amy Webb: How I hacked online dating
I had lots of mixed feelings while listening to this talk. Algorithms and love sort of don't go together for me. I was also sincerely surprised that the story has such ending. I expected far worse. As a person having high expectations and suffering from reluctance to online dating I am still looking for my own solution. IMHO, she went directly after her grandmother's advice and found the partner DESPITE the algorithm ;)