Lessons from the Mental Hospital: Glennon Doyle Melton at 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 (1 месяц)
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 Kevin Bridges (27 дней)
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 Gesine K (18 дней)
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 TheAnubisDrake (6 месяцев)
I've checked in on her blogging and other online activities. She's standing
on this stage lying to everyone. Of course she may not realize it, but she
is still cowering in a self imposed bubble of pretend. She has no problem
talking about herself and her ideas all day long, but will not accept
criticism in any form if she has the ability to deny it. The only
difference is that she has exchanged praise for booze.

Автор Trina Marie (25 дней)
+TheAnubisDrake who gives a shit ~ its her message that matters

Автор jamestang83 . (1 месяц)
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 TheMagmaChamber (1 месяц)
well that is a shitty reason

Автор Liza Davis (5 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 Mark Forquer (7 месяцев)
Spoke right to my own heart.

Автор Jonatan S (2 месяца)
Í can see that I have been lucky with my family and friends :3 When people
ask I say how I feel, I never hide me. Sure it gets me hurt. But Yea Love
your talk :3

Автор MegF (2 месяца)
Guess you can't hide from a positive pregnancy test and a baby growing
inside your own body. Glad she owned up to life. 

Автор Anastasia Bogatyreva (1 день)
One of the best talks.

Автор io yo (3 дня)
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 COURT TV (4 дня)
Lessons FromTheHospital: Glennon Doyle Melton at TEDxTraverseCity

Автор Dustin Ervin (6 часов)
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 Joshua King (11 дней)
Very powerful

Автор karmakameleon113 (15 часов)
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 TheFlametree7 (10 дней)
Story of my life

Автор Elizabeth Hammer, LMHC, LCPC (13 дней)
Life can be uncomfortable and messy. There are times when we are not okay.
We may begin to cope in incredibly unhealthy ways, but ways that help to
satisfy us much faster than healthy ways. We may self-medicate, we may
self-harm, we may binge, we may isolate, we may cover up in any and every
way possible the fact that we are not okay. We are given momentary relief
from the life that hurts us, but after all of that, are you relieved? Do
you feel better...for more than a moment? Do you want to? Glennon Doyle
Melton talks about this very subject in her TEDx Talk entitled "Lessons
from a Mental Hospital." Give it a look.

Автор Christy Riffel (20 дней)

Автор Heidi Behr, LCSW, CAP (21 день)
Tremendous! Thank you got taking off your cape and sharing so open
heartedly 💗💛💗

Автор Klossy L (20 дней)
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 Imogen M (14 дней)
I felt like clapping even though I'm sitting alone on my bed at 1.15 am

Автор Iva Talacko (14 дней)

Автор Dustin Ervin (7 часов)

Автор S R Docherty (23 дня)
Thank you for sharing your experiences Glennon :)

Автор Ashley Cole (24 дня)
This made me feel so much better
Thank you Glennon

Автор Marnie Evans (26 дней)
loved that one. i work at a place where i help people with mental health
challenges and i "fit right in". lol

Автор Amy S. Miller (27 дней)

Автор Gumby blue (3 месяца)
It is disgusting that some of you are trying to criticize and condemn her
for telling her story. You obviously don't know how hard it is to deal with
addiction and then to tell the whole world about it. Even if you don't
understand and can not empathize, you can still sympathize buttholes. 

Автор Sheila Thibodeaux (1 месяц)

Автор kali berglund (1 месяц)
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 Christine Baker (1 месяц)
Amen Glennon. You just told my story and made me cry.

Автор Arabella Smirnova-Beroskin (3 месяца)
TED talks are inspiring... the challenge is to follow through with the

Автор matrixmechine (1 месяц)
Abandon your posts! Flee, flee for your lives.

Автор Nobinxa (1 месяц)
sounds like borderliner

Автор Joseph Sanchez (1 месяц)
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 jonesgerard (8 месяцев)
She is still recovering, still sick and still very childish.
She has absolutely nothing to teach.
Recovered alcoholics don;t go around promoting themselves like this.

Автор G Dub (4 месяца)
I loved this. Good mental health...let's talk about it. :)

Автор Debbie Frederick (2 месяца)
Thank you for sharing! Loved it. It was real. I am real. Thank you.

Автор Maria Ortiz (2 месяца)
Amazing. Super liked. 

Автор New Awakenings, LLC- Kelly Rose Kinderman, MS MFT (2 месяца)
Please watch this touching video by Glennon Doyle Melton talking about her
struggles with bulimia, alcoholism, drug addiction, and living "in the
dark". She speaks bravely of showing up and facing the discomfort of being
and living in this messy, beautiful and brutal world; to teach and
participate in the idea that it is okay to NOT be okay all the time. Amen
to that, I say. AMEN! http://youtu.be/NHHPNMIK-fY

Автор Kristen Swanner (2 месяца)
Thank you for deciding to let go of your confined state of reference and
let the world in. I think the hardest part of letting people back "in" is
fearing that you'll lose all control of your self (identity), but how can
we ever change if any part of ourselves still identifies with the past?
Whenever we shed our past selves and trust that the brain will do its job
(storing, retrieving, connecting) instinctively, then our minds are free to
take in all that is around us- we are present for all of life's great
opportunities! Congratulations on your success.

Автор Patricia Shea (2 месяца)

you gotta start somewhere.. :)

Автор Brenda O'Grady (2 месяца)
Really inspiring. The people she speaks of, the shy, sensitive, awkward,
peripheral, can be great observers of life. Poets, songwriters, and
artists come to mind--they feel so deeply but they can really pay the price
sometimes--the capes can start piling on. I laughed when she said we're
trained to answer, "I'm fine thanks, and you?", when asked how we're
doing". I was choosing chocolates from a big assortment and the man said,
"Is everything okay?", and I thought, "Oh how nice to be asked", and I
thought I'll just be honest and I said, "Oh well I'm a bit tired and work
has been really hectic...", and he gave me a funny look and said, "I mean
the chocolates, are they all okay, no allergies?". We both laughed. 

Автор stateofmind111 (2 месяца)
Another Awesome ted talk bravo for sharing

Автор christine dwyer (2 месяца)
BRAVO! and Thank you. God Bless

Автор Velvet Kopach (2 месяца)

Автор VitruvianVision (2 месяца)
What I find peculiar is that for some reason, certain coping mechanisms are
socially accepted, and some aren't. Everyone is pretending, and that is the
problem. Wearing a mask is, and not accepting people for what they are-
whether they are strong, or weak, shy or outgoing. Which really depends on
where you are living at given point in time. Addictions, as are other
difficulties people develop in coping, are a DIRECT result of one's
environment. For the most part- especially talking childhood experiences.
After that, it also becomes one's own responsibility how to cope with
people.. hard to do for some- especially when the personality base has been
weakened whilst growing up. I couldn't comment on her issues and whether
she is improving or not, I simply do not know her personally. Funny how
some people here seem to deem themselves experienced enough to judge her,
after such a short lecture.

Автор unperfectwinky (2 месяца)
purhaps rude comments and judmentmental people helped lower her self esteem
to put her towards the mental hospital, just because she talks about her
life and self does not mean she is comfortable with who she is purhaps she
is trying to talk her self into belives she is more than the nothing she
feels at times if you dont like what she has to say why then did you watch

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