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The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown | TED

TED2011-01-03
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The speaker reflects on their identity as a researcher and storyteller, emphasizing the connection between stories and data. They discuss the importance of worthiness and vulnerability in fostering genuine connections and overcoming shame. Through personal experiences and research, the speaker highlights the value of authenticity, self-compassion, and vulnerability over control. Society's tendency to numb vulnerability is criticized, with an emphasis on the power of vulnerability, gratitude, and self-acceptance in fostering kindness towards others and oneself.

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Reflection on Identity as Researcher and Storyteller.
01:35
The speaker recalls being labeled a storyteller rather than a researcher, acknowledging the connection between stories and data.
A pivotal moment in her career involved a professor stressing the importance of measurable evidence, contrasting her approach to organizing life neatly.
Emphasis on the significance of connection in social work, providing purpose and meaning to life.
Importance of Worthiness in Connection
07:22
Shame can hinder connections, leading to feelings of unworthiness and vulnerability.
Believing in one's worthiness of love and belonging fosters strong connections.
Focus on understanding worthiness inspired the concept of 'whole-hearted' individuals.
Studying those who exhibit worthiness provides insights into fostering genuine connections and overcoming shame.
Theme of Courage and Vulnerability in Interviews and Stories.
09:07
Emphasis on Imperfection, Self-Compassion, and Authenticity.
Shift in Perspective towards Valuing Vulnerability over Control and Prediction.
Personal Breakthrough Resulting in Therapy and Redefinition of Life and Relationships.
Numbing vulnerability through distractions and addictions can impact all emotions.
15:31
Selective numbing dulls positive emotions like joy and gratitude.
Research shows that people turn to distractions like food, alcohol, and medication to avoid negative emotions.
Attempting to numb emotions selectively is ineffective and leads to feelings of misery and vulnerability.
Understanding why and how individuals numb themselves is important to break the harmful cycle.
Importance of Acknowledging Imperfections and Struggles in Children.
19:09
Lack of authenticity in the corporate world criticized and genuine apologies advocated for.
Power of vulnerability, gratitude, and self-acceptance emphasized in fostering kindness towards others and oneself.