Brene Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
I think that the message “The power of vulnerability” by Brene Brown is really a good and refreshing message, which resonates in my heart as I have been learning about being comfortable with who we are, with all our weaknesses and fears. Her message is similar to the gospel, in that when we choose to be vulnerable and real by not hiding our fears from ourselves or not selectively numb vulnerability, and instead accept ourselves wholeheartedly, including both negative emotions (for example, sorrow) and positive emotions (for example, joy), we will find our true selves, believing that we are worthy of connection.
I like her suggestion to tell children that while they are imperfect and wired for struggle, they are worthy of love and belonging. This will free children from having the pressure to perform or do well in order to earn other people’s approval. This applies to adults too – since we are all created for love, and it helps for each of us to know our original identity as beloved children of God.