Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame.

Why you should listen

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

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?

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What others say

“Brené Brown is an absolute legend. This is groundbreaking - not in terms of peoples awareness of these subjects and what they mean... But in these messages enhanced communication made accessible to a wider audience on this level. I have a jumbled up jigsaw in front of me with pieces I've been putting together my whole life- and Brene Brown has just connected so many pieces. This makes so much sense on so many levels. Really awesome stuff. I will watch this a few times and recommend it to people!” — jakesandersonaudio on YouTube

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Quotes from Brené Brown

Vulnerability pushed, I pushed back. I lost the fight, but probably won my life back.
Brené Brown
TEDxHouston • 17M views Dec 2010
Inspiring, Courageous
We are the most in-debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S. history.
Brené Brown
TEDxHouston • 17M views Dec 2010
Inspiring, Courageous