Vulnerability & Shame – Brene Brown

Brene Brown – studies human connection – our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity.

“People just want to be connected but in order for connection to happen we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen [excruciatingly vulnerable]. Vulnerability is where shame and fear live but it’s also the birthplace of joy, creativity, of belonging, and of love.”

“When you ask people about love, belonging, or connection they’ll tell you about times they weren’t loved, they didn’t belong, or they were disconnected. Their stories were about heartbreak. The people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they are worthy of love and belonging. The people that don’t feel love or belonging don’t feel worthy of it.”