Jul 22, 2012

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Vulnerability and listening to shame (Brené Brown...

If you haven’t heard of TED, let me give you a brief overview of this not-for-profit and that they do. Their goal is to bring people together to share “ideas worth spreading”. They hold events all year round and put the recordings of the speakers online, for free. The topics vary from Technology to future predictions to issues that affect humanity as people to comedians and music performances – it’s a big selection to choose from.

This is where Brené Brown comes in. She has presented at TED twice and those recordings have had over 6 million hits between them. She talks about vulnerability, courage and shame from a very human perspective. Her talks cover what makes us think we’re good enough, why some feel a sense of love and belonging and others don’t and that’s for starters. Over these two talks she condenses the results of years of study down into a few minutes, with observations and conclusions that really challenged me to think about how we interact as people in our societies today.

I think the thing that’ll stick with me the most is realising how I have two views of vulnerability. When others reveal vulnerability I’m aware of the courage it takes to do that and I feel privileged to be trusted, but when I’m faced with doing the same thing it feels like weakness, even though it’s not.

I hope these talks are as valuable to you as they have been to me.