Listening to Shame

Brené Brown is a seasoned researcher at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work. She is a pioneer in exploring the effects of shame, vulnerability, courage, and authenticity on the human psyche and experience. 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. She poses the questions: ‘How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness?’ ‘How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?’ Brown delivers a rather awe inspiring and thought provoking lecture in the following TED talk that can be viewed here:

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