“Shame, for women, is this web of unobtainable, conflicting, competing expectations about who we’re supposed to be. And it’s a straight-jacket.” ~ Brené Brown
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She’s the author of “Rising Strong,” “Braving the Wilderness,” “Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead,” ”The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are” and “ I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t): Making the Journey From What Will People Think? to I Am Enough.”
She’s spent the past two decades studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. In a TED Talk in March 2012, Brené talks about shame, and her belief that shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené, whose earlier TED Talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when women confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word.
Watch the video as she shares her inspirational and transformative story.