Must Watch TED Talks

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I'm sure a lot of people have watched or at the very least, heard of TED talks. But for those who haven't these are essentially small talks/lectures given on a wide range of topics by a wide range of people. I really enjoy watching TED talks and I love when people recommend one to me. That is the basis of this blog post, I wanted to show you my favourite TED talks that I have watched. All of these I have liked for different reasons whether it be how powerful they were or just that the topic was incredibly interesting.


This was actually the first ever TED talk that I encountered. I can't quite remember how I stumbled upon it, most likely from googling about psychopathy. This talk was so incredibly interesting that it made me buy Jon Ronsons book called "The Psychopath Test" and subsequently buy more of his books. He is essentially a journalist and he always writes/talks about the most interesting topics. Nothing he has ever spoke about has ever been dull. There was actually the chance to meet him in Liverpool when he bought out his most recent book and I sincerely regret not going.


I actually watched this TED talk following on from meeting her at the BPS conference in Liverpool in 2015 after she gave a small talk surrounding this subject and I absolutely adored it. I had never thought about laughter in such a way before, I had never questioned why we laugh until Sophies' talk and she speaks wonderfully.


How can I mention TED talks without mentioning this incredible man? A lot of people know his book; The man who mistook his wife for a hat. As well as the film "Awakenings" which was based on his memoir. I currently own four of his books and I am hoping to eventually own them all. If someone would to ask me to recommend them one TED talk to watch, it would probably be this one. Unfortunately, Oliver Sacks passed away last year. But his work will continue to inspire and provoke thoughts and questions that no one had ever considered before. I adore his work. 


Susan Cain is the author of "Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a world that can't stop talking". I have had this book on my wishlist for a very long time and after watching her TED talk, I wanted the book even more. I would classify myself as an introvert, so her talk really spoke to me and inspired me. Not only was she an introvert herself who was stood infront of all these people, giving a talk. But she was also an introvert who was speaking about how being an introvert isn't a bad thing. As someone who has always been told to be more confident, it is nice to listen to someone who is talking about the benefits of being introverted.

If you have any suggestions on TED talks please leave in the comments below, tell me what your "must-watch" talks?

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