Huffington Post Hosts TED Talk’s
“Hearing Voices” Weekend


Eleanor Longden’s TED Talk “Why I Thank the Voices in My Head” has been viewed half a million times,  and has now inspired this weekend’s Huffington Post “TED Weekend” forum, intended for a discussion of perspectives on voice hearing.

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Kermit Cole
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. Some quack neuroscientist on the Ted Weekend page has written a companion piece to Longden’s video…. he says:

    “Ms. Longden’s powerful sharing of her experience reinforces the view that I and other researchers are developing, that the functional plasticity of the brain, it’s ability to reprogram itself, may be far more vast than we suspected. In the future, rather than medications that dull and suppress both voices and personality, I see the possibility of medications that more subtly and gently modulate the tendency of connections between neurons to form, strengthen and weaken. ”

    Sounds ‘promising’. Sounds like the message against the medical model is ‘getting through’. Not.

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  2. It’s sad the Huffington Post thinks that the appropriate people to call and get articles from in something inspired by a ‘A new voice in mental illness’, is former DSM chair, a neuroscientist who holds out hope for a new medication, and a neurologist who blames brains for problems in life. To be sure, Ron Unger and a couple of medical model believer ‘patients’ were included too, but anyone has to admit, HuffPo stacked the deck with ‘brain experts’ in response to Eleanor’s video.

    A cup half full statement from me? I guess all in all it’s good that a half million saw the video, and she’s a very brave lady to open herself up to hundreds of thousands of people’s ‘opinions’. HuffPo can’t be trusted to be the steward of this message, but at least it’s getting out there. Realistically, I know that a large percentage of people are always going to believe psychiatry’s ridiculous dogmas and you can’t find open minded people all of the time.

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  3. All that I can say after watching this video is that Eleanor Longden is a very, very impressive lady who bowled me over with her great intelligence, insights, high class, beauty and wisdom.

    She also provides a lot of great insights on trauma and the many ways its effects can affect our bodies and minds.

    Dr. Mickey Nardo was very impressed with Eleanor Longden on his site, 1boringoldman, regretting the harm done to those like Eleanor in the past by doctors who didn’t know better doing far more harm than good.

    So, luckily, this great video speaks for itself.

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