Is vulnerability the same as weakness?
“In our culture, we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty.
“Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.”
Brené Brown has interviewed hundreds of people as part of an ongoing study of vulnerability.
“The research shows that we try to ward disappointment with a shield of cynicism, disarm shame by numbing ourselves against joy, and circumvent grief by shutting off our willingness to love,” she explains.
video: Brené Brown on Worthiness
Note – this video is for a live course that is not currently offered – see her recorded course The Power of Vulnerability below.
Course by Brené Brown, PhD:
The Power of Vulnerability
“This is the first place that all of my work comes together.
“This audio course draws from all three of my books – it’s the culmination of everything I’ve learned over the past twelve years.
“I’m very excited to weave it all into a truly comprehensive form that shows what these findings and insights can mean in our lives.”
Over the past twelve years, Dr. Brené Brown has interviewed hundreds of people as part of an ongoing study of vulnerability.
“In my research, the word I use to describe people who can live from a place of vulnerability is wholehearted.”
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Testimonials about Dr. Brown’s impact on personal growth:
For more about Brené Brown – here are two of her TED presentations:
TED is a “nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.” [From TED.com]
Brené Brown: Listening to shame
“Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.”
Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability
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Her book: Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Her book: The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are