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You’ve heard and perhaps read (if you’ve been keeping up in the book for this course) that stressful experiences encountered early in life can have profound negative repercussions that can persist throughout the life span. This TED talk presented by Dr Nadine Burke Harris describes some of the effects of childhood trauma on later disease emergence.
Dennis Charney, a leading psychiatrist dealing with trauma, points to various factors, such as being optimistic and having social support that may be fundamental in making individuals resilient in dealing with life challenges.
There are many stressors that we can encounter, but one of the worst comprises social pain. What’s worse than your two best friends suddenly dumping you and you don’t know why? You’ve been ostracized and it hurts. In this TEDx talk, Matthew Lieberman provides a terrific description of social pain, and makes the point that social pain influences the same neural circuits as physical pain, and is there an adaptive component to this. In fact, social needs are so fundamental that they should be considered as one of our basic survival needs.
We know that trust is necessary to maintain social connections. If I trust someone, I’ll be more likely to attend to their opinions and follow their advice. There seem to be groups or individuals who we trust (e.g., health care practitioners) and others we do not (politicians). We also trust some people in some circumstances, but not in others. Onora O’Neill provides an absolutely fascinating TEDx talk dealing with trust, mistrust and distrust.