The Power of Vulnerability: Quotes from Brene’ Brown (Part 2)

Brene’ Brown’s The Power of Vulnerability is a 6 session presentation that I listened to on Audible. Her work is so impactful that I’m simply sharing the quotes and notes that I took as I listened. For part 1, click here.

  • “Shame is the threat of being unloveable.”
  • “Shame is highly, highly correlated with addiction, depression, suicide, bullying, aggression, violence, and eating disorders.”
  • We engage in behaviors that exacerbate shame when we are [already feeling] shame.”
  • “Shame is very contageous.”
  • “Shame can not grow or thrive in an environment of empathy.”
  • Gender differences based on research:
    • “For women, the #1 driver of shame is appearance and body image.”
    • For men, the primary driver of shame is being perceived as weak.
  • “Want to avoid blame, shame, judgment, criticism? Do nothing, say nothing, go nowhere.”
  • “We disengage to protect ourselves from vulnerability, [but] disengagement is killing [our] relationships.”
  • “Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we’re supposed to be and embracing who we actually are.”

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