Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior

Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on. Her own humor, humanity and vulnerability shine through every word. (with commentary) Important work on vulnerability and shame both.

Shame: a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace

I think of shame as an unclean emotion. It’s laden with ideas of unworthiness and inferiority that are separate from the root emotions. These ideas attached to emotions, make shame extra tricky to sort out. Pure emotions without the baggage are much easier to deal with, process and integrate. It’s worth thinking about shame and how we experience it. … [click on title to read and view more]

The Power of Being Vulnerable

We live in a culture where making yourself vulnerable – exposing your fears and uncertainties, taking emotional risks – is considered a form of weakness, and something most of us want to run away from. But Brené’s research reveals the hugely positive outcomes that emerge from stepping into the arena of vulnerability. It is precisely when we expose ourselves – perhaps in a relationship or at work – that ‘we have experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives’.

Shame: a painful emotion caused by a strong sense of guilt, embarrassment, unworthiness, or disgrace

Insights about shame…I think of shame as an unclean emotion. It’s laden with ideas of unworthiness and inferiority that are separate from the root emotions. These ideas attached to emotions, make shame extra tricky to sort out. Pure emotions without the baggage are much easier to deal with, process and integrate. It’s worth thinking about shame and how we experience it.

We numb vulnerability

“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. Can’t selectively numb emotion. Can’t numb hard feelings without numbing joy, gratitude, happiness etc… From the description at Ted Talks youtube:… Continue Reading →

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