Uncertainty + Risk + Emotional Exposure = Vulnerability.
Aren’t those scary words. Most of us would rather not experience those situations in our lives. In fact many people have spent years avoiding those situations. However according to Brené Brown, “it is the vulnerable moments that bring meaning to our lives.”
Brené Brown is the author of New York Times bestseller Daring Greatly and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Brené has been on the show before where we discussed our capacity to love others and worthiness. In this interview Brené gives us more insight into her groundbreaking work on vulnerability and shame so we can dare greatly in our own lives.
In this interview we discuss:
- Brené’s inspiration for Daring Greatly
- Comfort and Safety – the difference between nurturing and disengagement
- Why we would rather live disappointed than feel disappointed
- Why it is hard to lean into vulnerability
- Joy is the most vulnerable, difficult emotion to feel and why it triggers us to prepare for disaster
- What vulnerability looks like in our professional lives
- What vulnerability looks like in ourleadership roles
- What vulnerability looks like in our relationships with family – partners, spouse, children, parents, siblings
- What vulnerability looks like in ourfriendships
- Gremlin Tapes vs. Lizard Brain
- How we can protect ourselves when someone else is in their own shame and trying to hurt of hook us.
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I hope this interview helps you lean into your own vulnerability and understand shame better. Doing the things that Brené talks about is a practice. As you know from this show, it’s not about being perfect or never making mistakes. It is about practice and tweaking to live your life in alliance with your values.
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