Brene Brown – The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown, an American researcher, talks about our natural feelings of vulnerability, and proposes that ignoring and suppressing our vulnerabilities prevents us from enjoying life, creating fear and unhelpful coping mechanisms.  She suggests from her years of research that accepting our vulnerabilities and imperfections is what makes people able to cope in useful, healthy ways – and leads to increased connection with other people, which she argues is fundamental to living.

At the end of the video, she suggests a new approach:

“To let ourselves be seen, vulnerablly seen.  To love with our whole hearts, even though there’s no guarantee.  To practice gratitude and joy, in those moments of kind of terror, when we’re wondering:  ‘Can I love you this much?’ ‘Can I believe in this this as passionately? ‘Can I be this fierce about this?’.

Just to be able to stop and instead of catastrophising to be so grateful because being vulnerable means I’m alive, and the last which I believe is the most important, is to believe that we’re enough – because when when we work from a place that says “I believe I’m enough”, then we stop screaming and start listening, we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves.”

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