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What enables people to connect, and what impedes human connection? These questions triggered Brené Brown’s intensive study of vulnerability. In this renowned TED Talk, the “researcher-storyteller” explains with delightful, self-deprecating humor how she learned to embrace her vulnerability – and why you should embrace yours. Brown’s theme is fundamental to the human experience, so getAbstract considers this lecture essential viewing.

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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.



Connection is humankind’s reason for being. Every person has the innate desire to bond with others. Research into human connection reveals that its greatest impediment is shame. This sense of being unworthy of social connection is universal, yet people don’t discuss it. And not discussing shame enables it to grow. Underpinning all shame is an “excruciating vulnerability,” the feeling that connecting requires painful exposure of your true self.

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