The Power of Ideas: Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid?

Uma Hiremath
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By Uma Hiremath

INE TED Columnist

BOSTON–When humans began practicing physical hygiene a hundred years ago, life expectancy rose dramatically. In this 17-minute TEDx talk, psychologist Guy Winch urges us to follow through on “emotional hygiene” as well.

Loneliness, failure, helplessness, negative ruminations are common to all humans. Stepping back to consciously take one’s emotional pulse is less common. A lopsided prioritization of physical over psychological health can be counterproductive.

With a canny mix of stories and science and exhortation, Dr. Winch cogently argues “Why We All Need to Practice Emotional First Aid.” As we spin around in a pandemic whirlpool, the need to both recognize and heal from non-diagnosed spinoff conditions seems fitting.

To watch Dr. Winch’s TED talk, please click here, or on the image below.


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