Sunday, December 08, 2013

Brené Brown on the Courage to be Vulnerable (On Being)

This is an encore presentation of Brené Brown's appearance on the NPR program, On Being, originally aired in November of 2012 - and I'm pretty sure I posted it then. But this is good, and there are a lot of additional resources provided by the On Being staff, so here it is again.

Brené Brown on the Courage to be Vulnerable

December 5, 2013

Photo by Martin Gommel

Courage is borne out of vulnerability, not strength. This finding of Brené Brown’s research on shame and "wholeheartedness" shook the perfectionist ground beneath her own feet. And now it’s inspiring millions to reconsider the way they live, parent, and navigate relations with members of the opposite gender.


Voices on the Radio

Brené Brown
Brené Brown is Research Professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her books include: The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead.

Recommended Reading
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" by Brene Brown (2007)
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown (2010)
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brene Brown (2012)

Production Credits

Host/Producer: Krista Tippett
Executive Editor/Chief Curator: Trent Gilliss
Technical Director/Producer: Chris Heagle
Senior Producer: Lily Percy

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