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?

Why you should listen:

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. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.

Who is she:

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.


  1. If vulnerability is not weakness, what is it?
  1. Brown says vulnerability is the most accurate measurement of courage. Describe a vulnerable moment from your own life.
  1. Brown says shame is an epidemic. How do we get “out from underneath that”?
  1. What is the antidote to shame?
  1. Contrast the different cultural expectations of men and women. How do those differences interfere with vulnerability?
  1. Brown leaves us with the statement that we want each other “to dare greatly”. How does daring greatly demand vulnerability?

Listening to shame with Brene Brown


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