Kay Redfield Jamison is a great speaker and a recent lecture video captures her mix of expertise and enthusiasm. Exuberance: The Passion for Life is about positive emotions often overlooked by psychology and psychiatry, while asking when does passion turn pathological? Jamison talks about how exuberance changes all of us by creating leaders adept at risk-taking, resilience, achievement, creativity, and teaching. This video’s an hour long, but you won’t notice the time.
Randy Pausch, RIP, is the perfect example of an exuberant, inspiring speaker in the famous Last Lecture, Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. His enthusiasm was viral to millions of viewers, and worth viewing the hour-long lecture format.
I’ve featured another Kay Red Field Jamison video here before, but if you missed it I re-recommend An Unquiet Mind. It’s an eloquent description of her personal experience with bipolar. As well, check out an interview by Charlie Rose: she discusses suicide as a public health issue as well as an emotional problem. I look forward to her next book tour with more talks and interviews, and encourage you to read Exuberance and watch at least one of these videos.