The secret to self control | Jonathan The Secret to Understanding Humans | Larry 2 days ago   15:14

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Jonathan Bricker's work has uncoved a scientifically sound approach to behavior change that is twice as effective as most currently practiced methods. His new methods are driving new norms and new apps for how people quit smoking and decrease obesity, saving many people from an early death.

Jonathan Bricker is an internationally recognized scientific leader in a bold approach called acceptance and commitment therapy. A Stanford researcher called his use of the approach “a breakthrough in behavioral research [that] has major public health implications for the major causes of preventable death.” Bricker and his team, having received $10 million in total federal research grants to study this topic, are rigorously testing this intervention on multiple platforms, including smartphone apps, websites, and telephone coaching. His SmartQuit app for quitting smoking was recently launched and is now in distribution worldwide.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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Zerus Zephuros
I gave in to my craving long time ago
But why am I still overweight ://////
All in all...
The issue is resistance
The solution is awareness.
Jeremy Torres
Have that balance !
Adriana Levinne
This is great to ppl with not only food addictions, cigarette addictions or any type of addictions, this talk was not only entertainment but educational, I need to start paying attention to my cravings, acknowledge them and be caring with myself in order to not giving in, I need to stop feeding them. Thank you 🙏🏼
I expected the mom story to end with her dying of a heart attack.
i C9
Hey guys I don't speak much English but I understand most the talk, everyday I listen TEDx talks 40 minutes do you think this Useful to me 🙂💜
Van Huynh
Thanks so much for teaching a very valuable lesson
B Rabbit
Idk if I wanna keep it turned on, that song was pretty catchy. Was it the book of Mormon?
Bernadette OHanlon
This was so great. I used the letting go technique years ago on another issue I was dealing with. Watching this video today made me realize how similar this was and that I could use this on my battle with food. By accepting and being willing to accept that I may always crave that Pepsi or that candy I can maybe be able to overcome it by simply letting the battle just go.
Paul Watson
I think with practice this will get easier
Anirban Sarkar
one of the best TED talks I have ever heard
Selmir Hrnčič
I never smoked nor drink alcohol... blahh, poisons and you stink... its just a decision and willingness and to hold your Decision while using/being AWARE, you aren't your mind-content... think.... mind content is flooded with bad .. FOLLOW HEART, that is real brain ...
Captain Red Rum
i just think its weird the way the bodys like "hey why dont you have a drink? why dont you have a smoke?"
And conciously i have to be saying "no we dont do those things anymore."
Its almost like when your body tells you you need to use the bathroom and youre just denying it. Thats hard sometimes to get over.
Bewen Xie
Love him!!!!
Cheryl Peterson
Not helpful. Most people with lifelong additions already know they have cravings, shame, and have not tried to avoid or be in denial. This does nothing to help make better choices when feeling strong cravings.
ॐ Jordan Gould
If anyone’s looking to develop skills in meditation, I’d recommend going to a vipassana meditation course or download the ‘Calm’ meditation app.
I've watched all these TED Talks and still can't find it in myself to study.
The Villain
Isn't this part of mindfulness meditation?Why to give new name such as" willingness " and then speak as if these western researchers have invented this concept when the fact is that this has been practiced since thousands of years.
Tiffany Sanya
A very useful talk! I do agree with Jonathan - avoidance is not a strategy. And same principles applies to negative emotions. For a long time in my life, I used to try and fight through feelings of helplessness, shame and guilt. But what I have learnt is that you occasionally have to sit in them for a while in order to develop effective strategies to help you through.

Also wholeheartedly agree with the notion of supportive self talk. We must learn to give ourselves the grace and kindness that we readily dish to others. This is how you can combat change.

If keen to know more about this, then worth checking out my Youtube channel where I share some tips from the transformation process I have been on for the past three years.
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The Secret to Understanding Humans | Larry The secret to self control | Jonathan 2 days ago   18:09

What really matters to human beings? With compassion and humor, mediator and attorney Larry Rosen opens a window into the human unconscious that will help you understand everyone, from your spouse to your mother to your boss, no matter how seemingly bizarre their words or actions. His simple and profound insight will improve every important relationship in your life.

Larry Rosen is the founder of the mediation law practice Through Understanding, where he has helped thousands find solutions to crippling legal and personal conflicts. He regularly lectures on motivation and empathy at Berkeley, MIT and other national universities, as well as trains attorneys and business professionals to see the hidden human mind. At the heart of Larry’s endeavors is a simple philosophy: when people understand each other at a fundamental level, magic happens. They solve seemingly intractable problems—together. They build new and beautiful worlds—together. Larry holds a JD from the UCLA School of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Law Review.

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