Daring Greatly

Monday, January 07, 2013

Many of us think of vulnerability as showing weakness. But Brené Brown argues that not only does being vulnerable take strength and courage, it’s the basis for engaging with the world around us and meaningful connection with others. Her latest book is Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead. Dr. Brown’s two TED Talks about her research into vulnerability are among the most popular on the site.

Comments [9]

Bruce Woodcock from NYC

One of the most helpful shows I have recently heard on NPR - great sermon material for a Sunday where the message is ' you are loved' to try and help folks make sense out of their feelings/behavior and gain coping tools for better self-understanding and work on more fulfilling lifestyle choices. (IMHO ;->). Thank you, and if i haven't gotten that quire right yet please know that I will buy the book and follow Dr. Brown (and Julie's) work. Happy New Year, Bruce+, Vicar, St. Matthew's Paramus NJ.

Jan. 14 2013 11:59 AM
David from Montclair

We avoid vulnerability because it is painful, threatening and difficult to sustain in reflective thought.

Jan. 07 2013 01:53 PM
Susan Burger from Upper West Side

This is very important for my field of work. I am a lactation consultant. I cannot think of any area where women attack each other more than over their infant feeding choices. From the exclusive breastfeeder who breastfeeds longer than someone else thinks she should to the exclusive formula feeder -- many women are "shamed" into silence about what they do. There are not allowed to be vulnerable and not given enough empathy. I must read this book.

Jan. 07 2013 01:53 PM
Wendy from Paramus

Great segment.

I sent an errant email accidently to a former boss. Realizing what I had done, I ran up the hallway to his office, saw he wasn't at his desk, did a belly-flop across his desk, grabbed the mouse which is now shaking uncontrollably in my hand, and deleted my email.

Jan. 07 2013 01:52 PM
fuva from harlemworld

Great segment, thx.
How to know that the thing you are ashamed of is not shameful and, therefore, deserving of “talking nice to yourself”?

Jan. 07 2013 01:51 PM
Maura from NYC

Thanks for this. My mother, brother, husband, and sister had a New Year's Day talk (that led to a resolution considering the guilt factor in whether or not to agree to overloading responsibilities) about the exhaustion as status symbol. We're a big family and most of us are parents, so between all the siblings and our offsprings I'm looking forward share this book around on our reading list!

Jan. 07 2013 01:45 PM
John A.

Last time I heard Brene talk, on the "On Being" show, I had to think: What happened to the concept of Humility? People interested in these situations might want to study that concept.

Jan. 07 2013 01:44 PM

Dr. Brown, can you talk about the overlap between your research and treating Borderline Personality disorder?

Jan. 07 2013 01:40 PM

I guess, there is fate. Just minutes ago i finished Brene Brown's book as i hear that there is an interview with her on wnpr!!! Thank you! As i was reading about shame and vulnerability, i was wondering whether there is a purpose and meaning for shame in our lives? Is is always bearing negative connotations? If shame is so bad for us, why is it so strong in us? There must be some meaning for shame in our lives!

Jan. 07 2013 01:34 PM

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