What makes you vulnerable, is also what makes you beautiful.Brené Brown
Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she studies human connection – our ability to love, our sense of belonging and our ability to empathise.
“I suppose I am a storyteller. I’m a qualitative researcher. I collect stories; that’s what I do. And maybe stories are just data with a soul.”
Her thought provoking, perception expanding TED Talk is based on her research into human connection; “It’s why we’re here. It gives us purpose and meaning to our lives. This is what it’s all about. It’s how we’re neuro-biologically wired.”
She finds out that in order to understand connection, you have to reverse engineer connection; in order for there to be a connection we have to allow ourselves to be seen, really seen. Which brings us to vulnerability, which many people struggle with and therefore struggle with connection.
Since receiving 1000’s of stories, journal entries, basically 1000’s of pieces of data, it boiled down to a sense of self worthiness and a strong sense of love and belonging vs. those who struggle, aka a lot of us.
The reality is that we live in a vulnerable world and we’ve unconsciously created dangerous coping mechanisms, resulting in debt, obesity, addictions and self medicating with pharmaceuticals, in an attempt to numb ourselves.
By numbing the hard feelings and emotions we’re in turn numbing joy, gratitude and happiness. It’s an alarming cycle.
Brené showcases that we’ve got it all wrong, we need to embrace vulnerability in order to create a better world.
Teaser over, I will not say anymore on this talk, I just urge you to watch it and see how you can hack your perceptions, and embrace your vulnerabilities to live a full life.