Lessons from the Mental Hospital | Glennon Doyle Melton | TEDxTraverseCity

Glennon Doyle Melton is the author of the New York Times Bestseller, CARRY ON, WARRIOR, founder of http://www.momastery.com, and creator of http://www.monkeeseemonkeedo.org. Glennon believes that life is equal parts beautiful and brutal, and writes about the "brutiful" she finds in marriage, motherhood, faith, addiction and recovery. Glennon unleashes her wit, courage and irreverence to call us to accept ourselves exactly as we are today, but also incidentally inspires us to live bolder, more meaningful lives for others. Glennon is a speaker and regular contributor to Huffington Post and other publications. CARRY ON, WARRIOR and Glennon's philanthropic work have been featured on The TODAY Show, The Talk, Ladies' Home Journal, Parents Magazine, and American Baby, among other television and print outlets. She lives in Naples, Florida with her family.

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Автор Sinisbal (4 месяца)
I too was overly sensitive when I was a kid. Mostly due to unstable home I
started to worry and think too much and developed insecurities. This led me
to homosexuality and I became gay- for years trying to find a comfort and
acceptance by being "special" to another man. Years of wrong living took
their toll and it all became too much. And just as this woman said-
starting to talk about all of it and coming out of the closet for me was
the beginning of the healing process. However, the visits to the
psychiatrist showed me that the only one who can really help me was God.
And He did. I was healed of homosexuality, fears and anxieties by Jesus
And she said it well: our feelings are our guides. I learned that they show
me where I am in my head. They are not final and they don't prove anything
-gay feelings do NOT prove someone is gay. They simply point out to what
the person thinks about most of the time. And that can be changed.
Our God is awesome- His LOVE heals.

Автор Dilwong (25 дней)
"All I ever needed to know, I learned in the mental hospital."

This is about the tenth TT I've listened to that is utterly worthless. 

Автор Liza Davis (8 месяцев)
Reviewing the comments I see how harshly judgemental people are. I know in
face to face life, only sociopaths would be that brutal in words or
judgements. And I think of the internet as a place where people feel free
to let their "negative" voices out into the public realm - what in buddhism
is called the "monkeymind." What is interesting is ... this venting
judgementalism and comparative criticism is exactly the type of thinking
that causes addictive behavior in people. People just want to numb their
thoughts - the thoughts that destroy their spirits and confidence in
People "hate" on each other on the internet because the words they say
trigger uncomfortable emotions/thoughts in them. And there are no serious
repercussions to verbally attacking strangers on the internet ... but there
are serious repercussions for using the same sort of attack thoughts
against yourself and others in your life. The question is ... how much of
this self-generated negativity is poisoning our own lives?

Автор stevo728822 (1 месяц)
All she is describing is how she copied behaviour in the world she
experienced. She saw people get drunk, stay thin, eat too much, take drugs
and copied them. Then she got pregnant and copied the rules for motherhood
shown to her. Half of her behaviour has been copied from television and

Автор Jim Beattie (16 дней)
Yes, good old mental hospitals. I spent some time in one of those and it
was very liberating. After that I didn't become gay, but instead made it
my life's work to chase after women. I spent most of my time doing that,
or else going fishing. Both of my parents disappeared when I was 14, and
so I just raised myself and the three dogs we had at the time. Our house
was quite isolated, so no one new I was alone. I didn't know what happened
to my parents. I still don't. Maybe they were abducted by space aliens or
something. But I still ended up getting married. I would go to bars but
wouldn't drink alcohol. I would have virgin drinks but still get into
terrible rows with guys and the cops would show up, etc. Now I'm an old
man, but I still get into fist fights, just not as many, and I'm divorced
with three dogs and a large tortoise.
So, nice video Glennon. You worried for nothing because you did a fine
job. You do not look at all "Oily". I can't see that. You like clean and
pretty and vibrant. You look healthy and strong, and able to kick the shit
out of the Dilong asshole who wrote below that your video wasn't good. I'm
telling you, he's a total shitforbrains dirtball with no more intellect
than an unborn hamster. May he be brutally murdered by a former mental
patient on crack.

Автор Michelle Ferguson (28 дней)
This is the reason I enjoy being a therapist in an inpatient psychiatric
unit, is because people are real - the masks are down.

Автор Trina Marie (3 месяца)
+TheAnubisDrake who gives a shit ~ its her message that matters

Автор Mark Forquer (10 месяцев)
Spoke right to my own heart.

Автор Kevin Bridges (4 месяца)
Good talk and I think it's important and valuable to be honest and open
about our true feelings. However, I struggled a bit with the concept of
"feelings are guides to tell me the next right thing." I think feelings
cannot be trusted as "guides to tell me the next right thing." Example: I
get paid this Friday. I really want and feel strongly that I should
purchase a giant flat screen TV. My wants/desires/feelings guide me to do
just that. Now I don't have the money I need to take care of my kids or pay
all the bills. I know this example may be cheesy, but feelings have a place
in making the "right" decision, but are not as of central importance that
she gives them. Plus, this phrase, "The next right thing" I have heard her
use a lot and it is based not on a moral standard or ethical standard, but
solely on one's personal feelings as a guide. Feelings can betray us and we
should use them cautiously as "guides!"

Автор SilverSpark99 (27 дней)
My cape is kindness...

I'm angry, all day everyday.

I really have no sort of sympathy at all. My grandma has a heart problem,
and I don't care. But I put myself on as someone who does. My grandfather's
wife passed away, and I could care less. I only feel sorrow for those I
truly and deeply love, that my faith and loyalty is put up against every
single day. ... that's pretty much no one. Unless, were talking about guys.
Not like girls that are ALL OVER THEM, have different boyfriends every day,
or like drool over them...

I like guys for that reason. I'm attached to them more because of that,
they don't cAre about drama.

Going back - I need someone to help me out. With this, because I'm to
afraid to tell my friends and family, because they're so used to that veil
of kindness that I wear... so they won't believe me. I've tried once, and
they pawned it off as a sham of some sort. I'm 12, so if course I'm not
going to get a physciciatrist or anything! I need some friendly advice...
that all.

So please, put your idiot negativity away for now, and help a gal out.

And yeah I admit this was a little much. I just have things bottled up that
need to be released.

Автор jamestang83 . (5 месяцев)
When she said she was an alcoholic drug addict was when I turned it off.
I can now only picture her high on coke under a hairy sweaty over weight
man going balls deep in a hotel room.
It could have been interesting but I cant sit here picturing that for 17

Автор Chris Ii (1 месяц)
to be honest, I'd say it's school that did that to her. After school is
when she felt better about expressing. She says she got better, as if she
improved on a skill of courage. However, she just is in a better
environment now. Anything is better than high school environment. What I am
taking from this is be good at finding a good environment where you can
open up freely

Автор john doe (4 дня)
Beautiful talk, thank you

Автор MetrazolElectricity (14 дней)
"The only person who you need to be truthful to is yourself or to God" -
Bob Dylan

Автор Tess de Marzo (1 день)
Thank you Glennon. Your courage is inspiring.

Автор x MILLER (1 месяц)
gee we control cult cult cult, watched these people now sell all
drugs, suck every drug off coffee table, Monkies, bunch of crevecour
bitter women who control weak homosexuals. Aaron K nightmare, okay to
srew young 15 yr old boys, fuck women with hep c and aids. Love is so
oldfashion cult meth and ice singers

Автор Joseph Sanchez (4 месяца)
If any of haters you had an ounce of the courage this women has shown in
revealing herself to us your friends and relatives would suddenly balk in
confusion of who you are. To the haters ... you should be ashamed of
yourselves. How dare you. How dare you.

Insensitive people who don't have an intimate relationship with pain have
no place speaking here. Yes. We hurt. We hurt so bad, and we learn to
survive. If you haven't hurt, and you think you have an opinion here,
kindly leave. This is another manifestation of the high school she was
talking about, and its a nasty, dirty, hurtful place for us. This girl
right here is brave. Her bravery should be applauded.

If you don't agree, and you want to be witty, or critique sensitivity, or
feel good about yourself, direct your nastiness towards me. Not those who
are crippled by it.

I wish I could stand next to her right now and look at you in the face. I
wish I could give you shame for the pain you cause.

To those that hurt ...

That healing language of acceptance in the mental hospital she was speaking
about. That is the real cure. Find it. Find a way to love yourself. That is
the light at the end of the tunnel. It takes a lot of courage to get there.
It takes so much more pain to get there, it really does. But we need you.
The world needs your sensitivity. you are worth it.

This life is brutal. But it is also beautiful. She said so much so well.
Thank you Glennon.

Автор Priscilla Indrayadi (17 дней)
My cape is perfectionism, and being the happy, funny girl all the time.
What I am is the exact opposite, I'm not perfect; but sometimes I want to
be perfect so much it reflects on the actions that I do. My cape is
suffocating me.

Автор rubymimosa (24 дня)
What a beautiful person in every way. Bravo!
Spider Robinson wrote along the same theme when he said that we have
created a world where we are losing the very sensitive and creative to
heroine [addiction] in their desperation to deaden the pain.
Sensitivity needs to be celebrated and empowered because it is through
removing feeling helpless that the power of sensitivity can be fully

Автор Paula Nowak (19 дней)
A lovely delivery of her talk. She's real. Really grabbed my attention
from the moment she started.

Автор gangstaberry2496 (12 дней)
Every minute was amazing, Glennon!! Thank you so much for sharing your
story :) You are so brave!

Автор Heidi Behr, LCSW, CAP (3 месяца)
Tremendous! Thank you got taking off your cape and sharing so open
heartedly 💗💛💗

Автор Shane Milam (28 дней)
Thank you for this

Автор Monique Vee (1 месяц)
You are beautifully human. Thank you for stepping up and have
the nerve to share and address the failure of the human race,
which is lack of courage and lack of compassion. Her quote :
" Life is brutal : all of the time and EVERY DAY. Amazing
755.000 views. It is braver to be Clark Kent then to be
SuperMan. "
" This is very very smart : " We humans are truth tellers,
we will find a way to tell that truth." AHA ahaa ahh

Автор Shannon Foley (15 дней)
Glennon Doyle Melton, if you ever see this comment, you are very wise and I
admire that. Keep going!

Автор Klossy L (3 месяца)
theres a special kind of stupid going on in the comments here. I think TED
is a little much for you to comprehend. go clean our toilets and mop our

Автор Rain807646 (1 месяц)
The so called mental disturbance of an individual begins upon his or her
belief in a "self identity" that is disconneted from all others. And as it
is today, so few recognize their participation in the root of human
suffering, only to continue in the unaware ignorance, pervading further
suffering upon their selves and all others.

Moreover, the road to resolving mental disturbance, however, cannot be an
individual's responsibility alone. Therefore, all conscious beings travel
it together in the realization, or not, that no individual is truly
separate from mankind's collective conscious expression.

Автор naturallysimple (2 месяца)
"and forgive each other for being humans"

Автор Gesine K (3 месяца)
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU ... so much, for telling your story ... a
story and feelings that I can relate to so well ... this ted talk is on my
inspirational playlist that I come back to when I am in need of company, in
need of a feeling of connectedness, of inspiration, of a helping hand,

Автор helenlight (21 день)
The truth! This resonated with me so deeply. Thank you :-)

Автор Brenda B (1 месяц)
This is a very brave woman!

Автор sally (13 дней)
so so inspiring!! thank you very much!! 

Автор Sindy Milly (24 дня)
Thank you Glennon ... for making myself, and I'm sure many others, realize
we are not alone. God Bless

Автор Ashley Cole (3 месяца)
This made me feel so much better
Thank you Glennon

Автор Martin Engelbrecht (29 дней)
Amazing woman to put into words what we all have wrestled with. The truth
will set you free .. living from the inside out.

Автор S R Docherty (3 месяца)
Thank you for sharing your experiences Glennon :)

Автор TheLolyDreams (1 месяц)
Those are the words of an admirable woman who decided to acept herself, to
stand up in middle of the world and stop pretending, stop hiding, stop
losing her life. She suffer a lot, but I'm glad that she find a way to be
happy and that she is now sharing her experience with other people. Yeah,
she fall in drugs,in alcohol, but she fixed her life, her mind, her heart,
and that's require a lot of effort, so she's awesome.

Автор Dj Zeki (29 дней)
Beautiful and inspirational life story! 

Автор Natalie S (28 дней)
"It's braver to be Clark Kent than it is to be Superman. Carry on, warrior.
We don't need any more superheroes, we just need awkward, oily, honest
human beings out in the bright, big, messy world. And I will see you
there." This will stick with me forever.

Автор Dustin Ervin (3 месяца)
Sinisbal your an IDOIT! Being gay is not a "condition" you cure. Also you
are a horrible person, your using a forum where people are sharing their
darkness to help shed light to others who need it. An your here LYING first
off an secondly trying to push your "crutch" onto others. Who don't want
it. If we wanted god (little "g" on purpose) no one would come to TED
talks. Oh an one last thing, if you slept with men an think about sleeping
with men an your a man. YOUR GAY! Regardless of your current situation.
Maybe you should spend some time first with your self an second in a
library. You might learn if you opened your eyes that your lying to

Автор kali berglund (4 месяца)
This was a very great video. Thank you Glennon for sharing, it helped a lot
in relation to what I am going through right now. You're a strong woman!

Автор Thais Gibson (1 месяц)
This was the best Ted Talk I've ever watched. Thank you!!

Автор Kristy Mounsey (2 месяца)
I think she is inspirational, and I disagree with the people who are
negative here. She might even help someone have the courage to get help for
As a person with a mental illness I didn't find hospitals healing rather
places my rights were violated. 

Автор karmakameleon113 (3 месяца)
Good talk (and inspiring, no doubt), but a little on the unrealistic side.
While it may be emotionally beneficial to you personally to accept your own
sensitivity, the world still isn't accepting of people who do, and won't be
for a long time. There's a time and place for it, but sadly, everyday life
doesn't readily provide that time and place. Social norms are (like it or
not) the glue that keeps societies together. The unspoken social agreements
we all enter into are what keep things functional and orderly on a mass
scale. The average person spends a large portion of their time at work or
school, where "taking off the cape", "being fully present with their
feelings", letting slip the mask of being an in-control, emotionally
disciplined (tough), functional person, etc. is completely inappropriate.

Автор Nadja Afi (1 месяц)
She looks so beautiful... that skin, hair, those arms... great body..I wish
i was half as beautiful as her.... ah...

Автор McCallum Place (1 месяц)
Great TED talk about being in recovery from mental illness
Lessons from the Mental Hospital | Glennon Doyle Melton |

Автор oiypidoypi (1 месяц)
What does she mean by "oily"?

Автор Andy R (1 месяц)
Such a Beautiful Talk

Автор io yo (3 месяца)
Something about her
A pattern of reaction commentary posts
Like she's opening pandoras vag.

Though her curiosity is perfectly natural, she's inadvertently undoing a
treaty long held. 

Автор tinkerbellbetty (1 месяц)
homosexuality is not an illness

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