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In a rousing presentation, researcher Brené Brown exhibits genuine vulnerability by sharing a story about a low time in her life. She distills the lessons that episode taught her to help creatives handle the public scrutiny that accompanies exposure. getAbstract commends Brown’s brave, intimate and inspiring talk and suggests it to innovators, artists and performers who fear exhibiting their work for the public to dissect.

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Author Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she studies connection and vulnerability.



Creatives have a heightened susceptibility to vulnerability as public exposure is embedded in the nature of their work. Therefore, in addition to the perspiration of their toil, creatives are familiar with the cold sweat brought on by the fear of public scrutiny. Nasty feedback can prompt innovators and artists to abandon their beloved fields.

In 2010, researcher Brené Brown delivered a TED Talk that went viral. This exposure made her a target for vile personal attacks from online trolls. A quote by former US president Theodore Roosevelt gave ...

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