The power of vulnerability

Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

Listening to shame

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Compassionate Inquiry

Dr. Maté discusses the power of Compassionate Inquiry in the therapeutic relationship.

The Roots of Addiction

Addiction is a problem, and an attempt to solve a graver problem - unbearable psychic pain. To understand addiction we need to understand this pain and adverse childhood experiences. When we cannot soothe ourselves, we seek something from outside (alcohol, drugs, food, etc.) to soothe our pain. This leads to addiction, which is often multigenerational, yet not rooted in genetics!

What is Addiction?

Dr. Gabor Maté talks about the root causes of addiction and how to deal with them.

How sugar affects the brain

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.

Everything You Think You Know about Addiction is Wrong


The New Science of Sugar Addiction

Ashley Gearhardt, Yale and Rudd Center for Policy and Obesity, explores what makes certain foods capable of triggering an addictive process. Series: "UCSF Center for Obesity Assessment, Study and Treatment"