Watch :: “The Pleasure Trap” from Douglas Lisle + TEDx Talk

Real quick, the long video is up top, the short (TEDx Talk) video is down below.

Dr. Douglas Lisle is the Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center and has published numerous articles in the scientific literature. He is the co-author of The Pleasure Trap and is in private practice, conducting psychotherapy at the TrueNorth Health Center.

I actually got hip to this guy based on an article I read on about some writer going on a water fast and what it did for him in a week. I did my googles and came across this gentleman, who obviously works at TrueNorth Health Center (where the writer went to do the fast) and then saw some of his TEDx Talk and this long video. Apparently there is a Pleasure Principle film that they show at the TNHC, but I haven’t come to see that yet, or I’m bad at the internet.

This is all very interesting though. I’ve been a long proponent of how a lot of physical problems can just be solved by people drinking more water, but its good to see some folks who reeeeeeally really have done some research on it, and live by it.

The whole Pleasure Trap thing is interesting to me though because there is always the struggle of us seeking pleasure and how that tends to lead to a lot of the bad decisions we make whether it be physical or other. What’s crazy is that I think we see that a lot of food companies also research this stuff and prey on it, and that is why we have so much food out there that tastes so good, but is so bad for us in the long run.

Good stuff to check out and if you have the time watch both bideos. If not, the TEDx Talk hammers a lot of it home.

Dr. Doug Lisle, a former lecturer in psychology at Stanford University and currently the psychologist for The McDougall Program explains a recent revolution in motivational psychology that can help people break free from the self-destructive rut. A new understanding of why we do what we do has yielded a dramatic new path toward lasting and positive change.

He wrote a book, The Pleasure Trap: Mastering the Hidden Force that Undermines Health and Happiness, which has been critically acclaimed goes in to much more depth of this whole notion.

Why does the great male shrike kill bugs and poke them on thorns? Why is it so hard for humans to make the right choices? Douglas Lisle shows us how the answers are related. One of psychology’s most innovative and curious minds, Lisle is the Director of Research for TrueNorth Health Center and coauthor of The Pleasure Trap.