Brene' Brown The Power of Vulnerability

December 05, 2014

TED...So very quickly -- really about six weeks into this research --I ran into this unnamed thing that absolutely unraveled connection in a way that I didn't understand or had never seen. And so I pulled back out of the research and thought, I need to figure out what this is. And it turned out to be shame. And shame is really easily understood as the fear of disconnection: Is there something about me that, if other people know it or see it, that I won't be worthy of connection? The things I can tell you about it: it's universal; we all have it. The only people who don't experience shame have no capacity for human empathy or connection. No one wants to talk about it, and the less you talk about it the more you have it. What underpinned this shame, this "I'm not good enough," --which we all know that feeling:"I'm not blank enough. I'm not thin enough, rich enough, beautiful enough, smart enough, promoted enough."The thing that underpinned this was excruciating vulnerability, this idea of, in order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen...

Watch as Brene’ Brown, talks about the power of vulnerability.  Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston  Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness.

http://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability.html
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