Saturday, September 18, 2010

This Emotional Life via PBS

A relatively new resource is online for anyone looking to learn more about emotions and the roles they can play in our lives. PBS has a series called This Emotional Life dedicated to “discussing current news and participating in the ongoing exploration of mental health and wellness.” The site hosts videos, interviews, blogs, articles, resources, statistics and publications; and all are dedicated to fostering awareness, connections and solutions around emotional wellness.

The site is based on a three-part TV series first released in January 2010 that explores improving social relationships, learning to cope with depression and anxiety, and becoming more positive, resilient individuals. The full-length videos are only available for purchase at this time, but many of the resources and shorter clips can be found online.

Episode 1, “Family, Friends & Lovers,” explores relationships and the central role they play in determining emotional well being. This episode showcases stories related to Attachment, Adolescence, Grief & Loss, Bullying, Intimate Relationships, and Post Partum Mood Disorders.

Episode 2, “Facing Our Fears,” looks at emotions like anger, fear, anxiety and despair. Topics explored include Addiction, Stress & Anxiety, ADHD, Anger, Depression, Autism, Borderline Personality Disorder, Eating Disorders, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The site also features perspectives on topics like Connection, Falling in Love, the Meaning of Happiness, Self-Help or Self-Harm, and Stress. This section gives a platform for scientists to discuss their studies and to some well known celebrities to give their perspective, like Chevy Chase or Elizabeth Gilbert talking about falling in love, or Larry David and Alanis Morissette talking about their understanding of happiness.

It's worth taking a look at if one is interested in hearing other perspectives on any one of these topics. They are also on facebook.

The only critique I will include is that it's unfortunate they didn't explore the topic of yoga. Perhaps another time.

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