Brené Brown (born 1965) is a scholar, author, and public speaker, who is currently a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has been involved in research on a range of topics, including vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. She is the author of two #1 New York Times Bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection and Daring Greatly and others. Her work have been featured on PBS, NPR, TED, and CNN.
Brené states that vulnerability is the core of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness but it is also the birthplace of joy and creativity, of belonging and of love. Brené asserts that we learned to protect ourselves from from being hurt, diminished or disappointed by putting on emotional armor and acting invulnerable when we were children.
Brené states that there are 3 vulnerability shields. The first one is foreboding instead of joy; the second is perfectionism and the third is numbing our emotions.
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