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November 15, 2015

Jean-Paul Mari: The importance of talking ... after a brush with death

15:30 minutes · Filmed Mar 2015 · Posted Nov 2015 · TEDxCannes

On a reporting trip, journalist Jean-Paul Mari had a face-to-face encounter with a senseless, random death, beginning his acquaintance with a phantom that has haunted us since ancient times: post-traumatic stress. "What is this thing that can kill you without leaving any visible scars?" Mari asks. In this probing talk, he searches for answers in the aftermath of horror and trauma -- and comes to a very human conclusion: we must talk.

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