Shame and the Power of Being Vulnerable

From time to time we like to share resources that are helpful to us and to many whom we counsel–and the resources available from Brené Brown definitely fit that category.  Many of you may already know about Brené, but we only became aware of her and her work a few months ago.  She is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.  Although her research has been focused on women, much of her findings apply to men as well.The Gifts of Imperfection

Brené is a nationally renowned speaker and her book, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) has been especially impacting and relevant for us.  She is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (2012), as well as I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t) (2007).

Brené Brown is a great insightful speaker and very entertaining,  Here is one of her TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) talks on “The Power of Vulnerability” that has been viewed by over 7 million people.  To view the 20 minute video, click here:  Brené Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.  It is well worth it!  If you would like more information on her work and additional resources, you can go to her website at

If you would like to read an article we have previously written on the power of shame, you can access this at the following link:  Exposing the Power of Shame and Taking Back the Ground.

3 thoughts on “Shame and the Power of Being Vulnerable

  1. Chris and I have been following Brene’ on TED for a while now. She is an amazing communicator and her sharing has been essential in our journey. Glad you discovered her as well. Thanks for posting this on your blog.


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