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Brene Brown Overcoming Shame

Updated on August 29, 2016

Brene Brown on Shame and Vulnerability

Who is Brene Brown? Dr. Brene Brown is a vulnerability researcher who studies shame. She describes herself as someone who deals with messy topics (emotions), and likes to organize neatly them so they can be dissected and analyzed. The topic of shame is something we don't like to discuss, yet we all experience it.

Brene Brown is definitely not a stuffy, boring researcher. She puts a new spin on shame and presents it in a humorous and entertaining manner.

It's because of her knack for entertaining that her first TEDxHouston talk went viral with over 4 million viewers. She has an ability to keep the audience engaged and listening. Dr. Brown uses her own experiences to illustrate how common shame is and how it contributes to our anxiety and unhappiness. With her new insights into living a wholehearted life, Brene Brown is becoming a legend.

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown - Embrace Who You Are

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Brené Brown guides us in how to live more authentically and compassionately, and teaches us how to embrace our imperfections. She challenges us to see the world in new ways. Brene Brown has the ability to present serious topics with humor and openly discusses her own imperfections.


Embracing Our Imperfections

Why Do We Feel Unworthy?

As a research professor at the University of Houston, Brene Brown has spent 10 years studying courage, shame, authencity, and vulnerability. She's taken that work and developed a concept that she refers to as Wholehearted Living. Wholeheartedness challenges us to embrace our imperfections and vulnerabilities so we can recognize that we are worthy of love and belonging.

We all go through the struggle of feeling unworthy and that we are never good enough. Shame is the emotion that has the power to crumple us. Until we learn to embrace shame and speak of it, we will never have the resilience to move through it. Shame can bind us forever in feelings of being unlovable. We have to talk about the things that get in the way of wholehearted living - vulnerability, fear, and shame, in order to experience love and joy.

Living Without Shame

Finding Authenticity

Shame is universal and we all live with shame to some extent. Brene Brown suggests that the way to find our path to Wholeheartedness is to have honest conversations with each other about shame. People who have shame resilience recognize what triggers shame for them. Shame resilient people also speak about shame and reach out to others. In order to live without shame we must choose authenticity, talk about shame, and embrace the power of vulnerability to discover our connections with each other.

Brene Brown on Oprah

Super Soul Sunday with Brene Brown and Oprah

Catch Brene Brown on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday show. She'll be interviewing with Oprah about her new book Daring Greatly. Watch the full episode of Brene Brown on Oprah Super Soul Sunday. Oprah and Brene Brown discuss what it's like to live wholeheartedly.

Brene Brown's Daring Greatly - How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

Dr. Brene Brown, shame researcher, explores the idea that vulnerability is not weakness, rather it is about our willingness to engage with it. If we wait until things are perfect and don't risk being vulnerable we miss opportunities. What is courage? Courage is about allowing ourselves to be seen.


Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto - A Free Download from Brene Brown

Parenting Manifesto free download from Brene Brown
Parenting Manifesto free download from Brene Brown

Brene Brown talks about wholehearted parenting. We're full of self doubt as parents and we compare ourselves to other parents. Shame plays a big part in parenting. This wonderful poster The Wholehearted Parenting Manifesto is available from Brene Brown as a free download. The poster will bring tears to your eyes, it's written so beautifully. Imagine embracing your imperfections as a parent, and nurturing worthiness in our children.

Brene Brown on Vulnerability - Brene Brown TED Talk

This was Brene Brown's first TEDx Talk and it turned into a viral hit. Her wonderful ability to speak of her own struggles and infuse it with wit and humor makes this video entertaining as well as informative. What is vulnerability? Why is it important to allow ourselves to be vulnerable? These are some of the things she talks about.


I Thought It Was Just Me by Brene Brown - Stop Being Perfect

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from What Will People Think? to I Am Enough
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from What Will People Think? to I Am Enough

Learn new ways to practice courage, connection, and compassion in our society which uses fear, blame, and disconnection. Address the shame messages that our brains send us rather than giving into them. This book really spoke to me. I've read it several times.


Brene Brown Speaking About Shame - How a Shame Researcher Became Vulnerability Ted

Brene Brown talking about shame in this video. She's just as entertaining as she was in her TEDxHouston talk. We're afraid to talk about shame, but we need to in order to find joy and happiness. It's allowing ourselves to be authentic, to come from a place of vulnerability that connects us to other people.


Brene Brown Interview

A Quote From Brene Brown

"Vulnerability is our most accurate measurement of courage."

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    • Klaartje Loose profile image

      Klaartje Loose 

      5 years ago

      Oh, I LOVE Brené Brown! Her TEDtalk about vulnerability, I watched over 20 times and I recommend it to my clients on a weekly basis. Thanks for putting it all together on your page!

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      5 years ago

      Interesting subject and looks like a fun lady to discuss it. I'm a not afraid to be vulnerable because it is something my spiritual work could lead me into many times were it not for the solid ground under my feet. That's probably the key to overcoming shyness and loss of confidence as well. Nice lens.

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      5 years ago

      Quite a different angle to look at these things. Really involving read and lens.

    • AnneMonique profile image


      5 years ago

      I used to be. But once It tool me a good while to stop trying to be perfect. But once I did, I felt really free. It's as if my life hadn't really started until I took that decision. I love Brene Brown.

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      Kathleen Hiler 

      6 years ago from Mountain Home

      I too have traveled that long road back from shame..and am now really beginning to embark into creativity. This lens was very powerful.

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      6 years ago

      Great topic to brush up on! I used to be full of shame. I needed to force myself to create a healthier lifestyle which in turn, helped provide confidence. It was a difficult journey but I wouldn't change it for anything.

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      Odille Rault 

      6 years ago from Gloucester

      I used to be prepared to do just about anything to avoid feeling vulnerable, but now, I relish it. Through a lOt of self development and work, I've managed to dissolve the fear that was such a part of my life, and it is the most wonderful, freeing feeling to feel the strength in vulnerability. Everyone should try it :) It really has been well worth the journey. Great lens, and lovingly Blessed by a Squid Angel. :)

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      I love Dr Brown's work in this area - she's wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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      6 years ago

      The key to being authentic is being vulnerable. Thank you for publishing this lens.

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      6 years ago

      Wow, that's pretty powerful stuff... and also, entertaining. Thanks for sharing the TED talk.


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