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How to Overcome Stage Fright

A funny and very endearing TED Talk by folk singer Joe Kowan about experiencing and overcoming severe stage fright.

Kowan describes his discomfort as well as his unique and creative strategy for coping with it - performing a song that confronts it head on.

I'm reminded of Brene Brown's advice on coping with shame; by admitting to our vulnerabilities, others see us as authentic, and appreciate our humanity more than if we try to mask our fears.

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Bipolar Standup Comedy

Big Daddy Taz performs standup comedy about mental health in the "Bipolar Buddha Set," onstage at CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival's "The Best Medicine" series in 2006.

He's introduced by Bubbles from Trailer Park Boys, who cracks a bipolar joke of his own.

Funny and insightful, it reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously and look for the humour in...
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Why LOLCats Enjoy Petting

In the cutest, funniest, educational science video you're likely to find, LOLCats are used to illustrate a report on a neuroscience study about why hairy mammals enjoy being stroked.

This brief and adorable production from Nature Video mixes LOLCat images with narration about a experiment with mice that found specific neurons are activated when they are stroked versus other physical sensations, and that when the mice were given a choice they preferred the stroking effect. Although the study didn't examine...
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Funny Friday: Make It Get Better

"It Gets Better? Ingrid and Desiree"

- From The Slope, a comedy web series about "superficial, homophobic lesbians" living in Park Slope, Brooklyn, this episode spoofs the It Gets Better video campaign against bullying and suicide. Serious subjects, It Gets Better has been a massive success with tens of thousands of videos made by people encouraging gay youth to hold on past high school. I'd never seen a spoof video – surely too sensitive a subject? – but...
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Funny Friday: OCD Stereotypes

Sh*t People Say About OCD

- Although the Sh*t People Say meme is past its prime, this overlooked homemade video still rings true by parodying common things that uneducated people say to people who have obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Example: "Could you clean my room?" Warning: coarse language (an obvious four letter word). Interactive transcript available. To learn real facts about OCD, visit her blog, and search PsychCentral's vast archives for lots more...
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