I'm focusing on finding resources that are accessible, cut to the essence of things and that might inspire further contemplation and study - hence the use of animation and video. Feel free to browse. Keep an eye on, page new and still under construction.......
You may be aware of Brené Brown, an academic and researcher who predominantly studies shame. She did a YouTube Ted-talk 8 years ago on her work and it ended up going viral. Brené Brown has continued to make significant contributions in shedding light on this important area ever since.
Here's the original video that went viral and a few short animated edits to give you a flavour. They also have some great books you can check out at
Here's a few more for good measure....
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
ACT has had an influence on me and is a form of therapy that brings together some great concepts such as awareness of our evolution, making mindfulness practical, self-compassion and clarifying one's values in order to find direction through the middle of our difficulties.
Here is a few video tasters by Russ Harris - one of the leading voices in writing and training around ACT:
TA is a therapy and way of viewing communication and the human condition that was introduced by Eric Berne. Notable books by Eric Berne include 'The Games People Play' and 'I'm OK - You're OK'
If you struggle with communication and find yourself getting hooked into 'drama' and difficult feelings - then TA may be of great use in working it all out.
'The Drama Triangle' (and later 'The Winner's Triangle') is a wonderful insight introduced after Eric Berne. It shows how we can be repetitively hooked into drama by adopting and switching between the roles of either 'Victim', 'Rescuer' or 'Persecutor'. Have a look through this straight forward explanation:
Transactional Analysis (TA)
If 'The Drama Triangle' resonates have a look through the below guide on TA by Brian A Martin. They have managed to condense all the main principles of TA into a great illustrated introduction (Brian Martins resources can be found at https://brianamarting.co.uk):
The Stress Response - The Fight, Flight and Freeze Response
It can be a tremendous help to have a basic grasp on the insights from neuroscience to help understand how your mind, brain and body interact.
Dr Daniel Siegel came up with a hand model to represent and communicate complex aspects in straightforward terms. Here's a video from someone else that has really condensed this idea to give you a taster:
Here is a fuller explanation from Dr Daniel Siegel himself: