This Emotional Life

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PBS Premiered Jan 01, 2010 Unknown

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  • Your Friends' Friends Can Make You Happy

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    1/4/10

    Dr. Nicholas Christakis, who studies the mathematical, social, and genetic determinants of social network structure, explains how happiness flows one person to another.
  • Love's intensity

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    12/31/09

    John Leguizamo talks about the intensity of youthful passion and how those feelings mature over time.
  • The Rituals of Courtship

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    12/31/09

    Marc D. Hauser, author of the highly acclaimed book, Wild Minds, What Animals Really Think, talks about the rituals of human courtship.
  • Love's Antichamber

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    12/31/09

    Elizabeth Gilbert describes infatuation as loves antichamber, a place where you wait to see if you will proceed onto love.
  • The Roots of Love

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    12/31/09

    Dr. David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist who studies mating strategies, gender conflict, social status, and the function of emotions in cultures around the world. He talks about the universality of love and the differences between what women want and what men want.moreless
  • When Chevy Met Jayni

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    12/31/09

    Actor Chevy Chase and his wife Jayni share their story of how they met and fell in love.
  • Racing Hearts

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    12/31/09

    Dr. Art Aron, an expert on relationships, social cognition, and social neuroscience, recounts the findings of his famous Capilano Bridge experiment. This experiment demonstrated that
  • Choosing Friends

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    12/31/09

    Elizabeth Gilbert talks about how she chooses her friends and the value of those special relationships.
  • Career and friendship

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    12/31/09

    Actor John Leguizamo shares a personal story about how success altered his priorities and threatened his friendships.
  • Asperger's Syndrome

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    12/31/09

    Jason, who suffers from Asperger's Syndrom, talks about his struggle to overcome his problems with social interactions. Dr. Ami Klim explains the challenges people with Asperger's have with intuitive behavior.
  • The Price of Being Human

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    12/31/09

    Kay Redfield Jamison, a clinical psychologist and writer, talks about losing her husband of twenty years. She explains how she experienced grief.
  • Born on a Sunny Day

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    12/31/09

    Katie Couric, the anchor of CBS Evening News, shares her personal story of losing her husband to cancer.
  • A Special Emotion

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    12/31/09

    Dr. Nicholas Christakis, talks about the uniquely personal nature of grief.
  • You can't buy happiness

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    12/31/09

    America Ferrara, the star of the hit TV series Ugly Betty, shares a personal story about the isolation she felt in the early days of her acting career.
  • The First Connection

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    12/31/09

    Dr. Lane Strathearn describes the enduring nature of the mother-child bond and how that sets the stage for a lifetime of social connections.
  • The Tap Code

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    11/8/09

    Bob Shumaker, a former POW in Vietnam, describes how he and his fellow prisoners developed a social network that was crucial to their surviving three years in solitary confinement. They succeeded by creating a tap code that allowed them to communicate through their cell walls.moreless
  • Porcupine Love

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    9/24/09

    Author Elizabeth Gilbert finds the secret of happiness in the philosopher Schopenhauer's theory of human relationships, as illustrated by porcupines.
  • This Emotional Life Trailer

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    9/23/09

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  • Moments of absolute absorption

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    9/2/09

    Writer Adam Gopnik finds happiness in being "vigilantly absorbed in some activity."
  • That juicy state of happiness

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    9/2/09

    For Alanis Morissette, happiness is a temporary but "juicy" state.
  • Quit wasting your time

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    9/2/09

    Comedian Joan Rivers claims we've got too much time on our hands to think about whether or not we are happy.
  • Life's a rigged game

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    9/2/09

    Cartoonist Roz Chast claims that life is a "rigged game" and wonders if happiness is even possible.
  • Happiness? What happiness?

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    9/2/09

    For actor John Leguizamo, happiness is finding enjoyment in life's struggles.
  • The lingering war

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    8/19/09

    Bob, an Iraq War Veteran suffering from PTSD, five years after returning home,continues to be troubled by his combat experiences. Bob talks about his symptoms and the impact they are having on his life and the lives of his family. Bob's wife, Laurie also describes some of Bob's challenges.moreless
  • A survivor's story

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    8/18/09

    Michele, diagnosed with ovarian cancer, talks about her struggle to find the tools to help her tap into her inner strength to survive emotionally. She shares her thoughts with her daughter and the two discuss Michele's recent attendance at the Heal Your Life Conference and self-help book fair.moreless
  • Remembering to exhale

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    8/17/09

    Dr. Michael Baime, director of the U of Penn Program for Stress Management, tells us why meditation and mindfulness may help us undo the negative affects of stress. He says "we found huge changes in what (program participants) report. Anxiety and depression drop by about 50%"moreless
  • Positive and negative stress

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    8/17/09

    Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky explains that stress in the form of stimulation is a positive force in our lives but too much stress can have adverse affects on the brain. He explains that how chronic stress affects our memory and decision making, saying that "Your memory goes down the tubes with chronic stress."moreless
  • Understanding PTSD

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    8/17/09

    Dr. Barbara Rothbaum, is the Director of the Trauma and Anxiety Recovery Program at Emory University School of Medicine. In this video, she answers the following three questions: What is PTSD?, What are the symptoms of PTSD?, Can PTSD be treated?moreless
  • Eat, Pray, Love....and Relax

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    8/17/09

    Elizabeth Gilbert, the best selling author of the book, Eat, Pray, Love, talks about why divorce produces such a high level of stress, how she discovered her own finding the pathways to happiness and why we must stand firm against the river of forces of stress in modern life.moreless
  • Meditation and kindness

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    8/17/09

    Alanis Morissette explains how meditation makes her a kinder and more loving person.
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