Shanna B. Tiayon, PhD, tackles the topic of unkindness, which she defines as a form of interpersonal trauma. Using her family’s 2018 experience with a National Parks Service bus driver at the Grand Canyon as an illustration, she makes the connection between experiences with unkindness and guardedness; an absence of vulnerability. She offers viewers three alternatives to guardedness that can help them navigate unkindness and still be able to choose vulnerability. Shanna, also known as “The Wellbeing Dr.,” is a writer, speaker, and trainer working in the area of wellbeing. She defines wellbeing as a sense of enjoying life, happiness and optimism. She works to foster wellbeing and elucidate the ways we may infringe upon the wellbeing of others.
Currently, Shanna is the owner of Shanna B. Tiayon Consulting, which provides individual and corporate wellbeing tools in the form of diagnostic surveys, trainings and coaching.
Shanna has a Ph.D. in Sociology with a specialization in Social Psychology. While in academia, her research focused on physical and mental health, with a focus on minority populations. She’s a former National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation fellow and a published scholar. She also writes on the topic of wellbeing for popular magazine outlets. Her work has been featured in Greater Good Magazine, Yes! Magazine and Longreads. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx