“We numb vulnerability…we are the most in debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in US history.”
Brené Brown is funny and real in this moving piece where she shares her personal discoveries through research.
She astutely observes:
Can’t selectively numb emotion. Can’t numb hard feelings without numbing joy, gratitude, happiness etc…
This is true regardless of the method used.
From the description at Ted Talks youtube:
Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions: How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough — that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy? Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and the forthcoming books, I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2010) and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011).
First published in Dec 2010