With violence and competition heavily ingrained into our society, we have been conditioned to believe that making ourselves vulnerable for authentic connection translates to weakness, that strength is best projected with an inflexible force of will. In truth, these strategies of projecting strength are disconnecting behaviors, nothing more than weakness posing as strength.... and what of the idea that vulnerability = weakness?
"Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage", is how Professor Brené Brown likes to put it....
Nonviolent Revolutionary Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, she has spent the past 12 years studying empathy and shame, courage and vulnerability, and the need for human connection. The videos below are of Ms. Brown speaking at TED Conferences, sharing what she has learned through her research by telling her compelling story and attempting to answer the important questions she is asking:
"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?"
"Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity, and change." - Brené Brown
In this powerful follow up to 'The Power Of Vulnerability' Ms. Brown addresses the topic of shame, calling it an 'epidemic' in our culture:
"Empathy is the antidote to shame." - Brené Brown