Intervoice Activist Eleanor Longden to Give Ted Talk


Eleanor Longden, voice-hearer and activist, will present at the TED Talks in Long Beach, California on voice-hearing as “a sane reaction to insane circumstances.” The presentation will be on on Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 5:00.

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Eleanor Longden speaks at TED@London in 2012.

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Kermit Cole, MFT, founding editor of Mad in America, works in Santa Fe, New Mexico as a couples and family therapist. Inspired by Open Dialogue, he works as part of a team and consults with couples and families that have members identified as patients. His work in residential treatment — largely with severely traumatized and/or "psychotic" clients — led to an appreciation of the power and beauty of systemic philosophy and practice, as the alternative to the prevailing focus on individual pathology. A former film-maker, he has undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology from Harvard University, as well as an MFT degree from the Council for Relationships in Philadelphia. He is a doctoral candidate with the Taos Institute and the Free University of Brussels. You can reach him at [email protected].


  1. It is wonderful that Eleanor will be on the TED roster. It’s been a while since I listened to her presentation and I thought it was truly TED worthy. My guess is that it will be one of the best presentations in a truly impressive line-up of speakers. BUT, the description of her platform for TED says that she overcame a “misdiagnosis” of schizophrenia. Quotation marks, my own. What will the audience think that means? That she was never “schizophrenic” but there are other people who truly are? When people ask me if my son was misdiagnosed, I say “no.” He got the diagnosis that psychiatrists routinely give out based on certain observable symptoms. So, he was not “misdiagnosed.” He was correctly “diagnosed.” It would be more informative if the TED team rewrote Eleanor’s bio to say she overcame a “diagnosis” of schizophrenia. Don’t let TED create the impression that there are two classes of people who hear voices and get the schizophrenia label – the truly sick and the merely misdiagnosed.

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