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Trent Payne

Mental Health: 5 Powerful TED Talks

By | Film, Men, Relationships

To help highlight the importance of World Mental Health Day, we have compiled 5 TED talks on anxiety, depression, and mental health in general.
In the U.K. there are lots of news reports on the reduction of mental health support from the governement, but we can alll make a start somewhere and the first and best place is to talk to someone else about how your feeling. It’s not easy, even I’ve struggled sometimes to seek help out of pride.
Hopefully these videos might, just might help a little.

Depression, the Secret We Share | Andrew Solomon

“The opposite of depression is not happiness, but vitality, and it was vitality that seemed to seep away from me in that moment.” In a talk equal parts eloquent and devastating, writer Andrew Solomon takes you to the darkest corners of his mind during the years he battled depression. That led him to an eye-opening journey across the world to interview others with depression — only to discover that, to his surprise, the more he talked, the more people wanted to tell their own stories.

How to Make Stress your Friend | Kelly McGonigal

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.

How to Practice Emotional First Aid | Guy Winch

We’ll go to the doctor when we feel flu-ish or a nagging pain. So why don’t we see a health professional when we feel emotional pain: guilt, loss, loneliness? Too many of us deal with common psychological-health issues on our own, says Guy Winch. But we don’t have to. He makes a compelling case to practice emotional hygiene — taking care of our emotions, our minds, with the same diligence we take care of our bodies.

Walking on Custard: How Physics Helps Anxious Humans | Neil Hughes

Comedian, author, and physicist Neil Hughes lived with anxiety for years before he had a strange realisation: anxiety is just like custard! This surprising pudding-based insight led to a new approach to his mental health.
In this talk, he uses physics, humour, and poorly-drawn doodles to share this new way of thinking about mind management, including practical suggestions for improving mental habits. He also explains the hidden links between fluid dynamics, custard, and emotions, and how these links might help to build a more peaceful life. This amusing and enlightening talk will help you identify the ‘custard traps’ in your mind and start plotting your escape.

Getting stuck in the negatives (and how to get unstuck) | Alison Ledgerwood

Alison Ledgerwood joined the Department of Psychology at UC Davis in 2008 after completing her PhD in social psychology at New York University. She is interested in understanding how people think, and how they can think better. Her research, which is funded by the National Science Foundation, investigates how certain ways of thinking about an issue tend to stick in people’s heads. Her classes on social psychology focus on understanding the way people think and behave in social situations, and how to harness that knowledge to potentially improve the social world in which we all live.

For more help and information, Time To Change have a list of charities and organisations which offer help:
https://www.time-to-change.org.uk/what-are-mental-health-problems/mental-health-help-you/other-useful-organisations

Photo: Ishan Gupta

Boys Of Soweto

By | Men, Relationships | No Comments
On a recent road trip through South Africa researching ingredients and getting some inspiration, we had the privilege to spend some time in Soweto outside Johannesburg learning about the turbulent past as well as meeting locals who gave us an insight into daily life.
A big thank you to all the residence who were kind enough to allow us to capture some amazing shots.

Father’s Day Movies

By | Film, Men, Relationships

Here it is, in no particular order, our list of 10 movies, which, in one form or another, touch upon the subject of fatherhood, in its many guises.

The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

It doesn’t matter which galaxy you live in, father-son conflicts have no greater detriment than that of Luke Skywalker and his ‘dark side of the force’ daddy, Darth Vader.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Any father who is willing to take on so many domestic chores, with no clue on how to actually do any, is a top bloke in our books.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

After all the running, shooting, saving, swinging, Christ goblet drinking, the father-son duo of Sean Connery and Harrison Ford have to do, it’s easy to forget that they both slept with the same woman.

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

In his seminal cinematic piece, John Singleton brings out some inspirational pre-Morpheus quotes from Laurence Fishburne, as he struggles and succeeds in raising a son in Crenshaw, Los Angeles. “Any fool with a dick can make a baby, but only a real man can raise his children.”

The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)

Wes Anderson directs an eclectic cast including Gene Hackman, a father who is knocking at death’s door and reconciles with his three genius offspring.

Taken (2008)

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

Like Father, Like Son (2014)

In this emotional Japanese drama, a father finds out he has been raising a child who is not biologically his son. The boys were mistakenly switched at birth and the meaning of fatherhood itself is questioned with outstanding delicacy.

Despicable Me (2010)

Criminals, orphan girls, oh, and of course, MINIONS! But at the heart of this hilarious animated movie is a man overcoming many obstacles and learning how to be a father.

The Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)

Real life father and son, Will and Jaden Smith, share the screen in a true tale of a father’s non-stop drive to provide for himself and homeless son.

La Mission (2009)

Before Moonlight there was La Mission – a movie about a macho father who is an ex-convict and must challenge himself after learning his son is gay.

Legna Man Intro

By | Men

At Legna, we strive to challenge the perception of what manhood means.

We applaud that womanhood is a celebration of being a woman, her mind, body and soul, and yet we have come to realize that in the Western societies manhood is understood as either your genitals, or some kind of a super macho masculine thing. Legna was born out of the need for understanding. Understanding oneself and then passing on that understanding to help others understand. A bit of a mouthful but I’m sure you get it.

Our tagline – Love your manhood – is all about redefining what manhood means to you as an individual and not what you are told through various mediums. To continue this discussion on different levels, we decided to add Legna Man section to the site, to post articles and interviews with various men – some known, some unknown, and talk about sex, health, lifestyle, art, music, film and anything else which floats our boat.

We hope you’ll enjoy our articles as much as we have researching and writing them.

Peace & love.
Trent Payne, co-founder