Summary of Listening to Shame

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Shame is a cultural epidemic with far-reaching consequences. The antidote: empathy.


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In a sequel to her popular TED Talk about the power of vulnerability, researcher Brené Brown delves deeper into vulnerability and human connection, with new insights on shame. Using self-deprecating humor and research-based insights, Brown encourages viewers to stop listening to shame, to practice empathy and to dare to reveal their authentic selves. getAbstract recommends Brown’s presentation to anyone who equates vulnerability with weakness.

In this summary, you will learn

  • What benefits vulnerability confers,
  • Why shame is a cultural epidemic,
  • How shame and guilt differ, and
  • Why empathy is the “antidote to shame.”


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About the Speaker

Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her books include The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly.

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