Vulnerability Is Courage, by Brené Brown

Most of us perceive vulnerability as a weakness, as something to be ashamed of. But Brené Brown, a research professor from the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, shows us how confronting this inescapable emotion head on can be strangely empowering.

Brown spent over a decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. In this TED talk, she describes how “vulnerability is not a weakness, but is our most accurate measure of courage.” It is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.

Shame, which is often deeply ingrained in our culture, prevents us from facing our vulnerabilities and showing ourselves to people. In this regard, Brown emphasizes that vulnerability may be our path towards each other – a medium to build stronger, deeper and more meaningful human relationships.

Watch this 20-minute video for a fresh perspective on vulnerability – you’ll feel better about yourself.

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