Brené Brown at TEDxHouston

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Dr. Brené Brown is a researcher professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work, where she has spent the past ten years studying a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness, posing the questions: How do we engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to embrace our imperfections and to recognize that we are enough — that we are worthy of love, belonging and joy? Brené is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power (2007) and the forthcoming books, The Gifts of Imperfection (2010) and Wholehearted: Spiritual Adventures in Falling Apart, Growing Up, and Finding Joy ( 2011).

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In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

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  • Annette Sallee

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  • Beth Harrison

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    Dr. Brown sharing her own vulnerability is what kept me watching. The authentic teachers are the ones who open up to let others see that they understand because they have been in the same place. That creates connection because of the commonality. She doesn’t come across as trying to „fix us“, but rather as showing us through her own experiences what really works.

  • Mavis Morely

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  • Sabrina Khan

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    Excellent speaker.

  • Fred T

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    Wonderful. And essential.

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  • Creative Balance

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    Thank you so much, I needed to hear this!

  • Aaron Slusher

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    I can’t believe this is from 2010! It is so perfectly true today.

  • Joy Cosmic Arts Astrological Services

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    This is the first time in history that we have lots of junk food advertised to us, advanced medicine advertised to us, and credit cards advertised to us. I think if those things were advertised to any culture the way they are advertised to us, they would also be in debt, fat, and addicted. England is catching up to us.  The advertisers know our vulnerabilities and exploit them. I’d like to see a talk on that- how advertisers use our vulnerability and shame to tempt us.

  • The Power Moves

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    The topic is great but this talk could be so much better without all this ego-centered „ME ME ME“

  • Esther Rogers

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    she’s a kindred spirit

  • Marshall Kell

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    Thank you Ze Frank for showing me this.

  • Leone Whittaker

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    I love you Brene, your work and words speak to my soul. I am working on my courage to be vulnerable after a lifetime of feeling not good enough. thank you for speaking up about this x

  • Miracles Happen

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    Great job! I’ve got to the same conclusion after healing myself from depression. As you said, when we shut ourselves down refusing to be vulnerable and „seen“ by others, we also shut our source of joy at the same time. I think we, as human beings, are obsessed with a sense of perfection which doesn’t exist – despite being widely advertised -. We think we can improve Nature by controlling Her but are not humble enough to admit that our Nature is perfect and that the only imperfection is in our failure to understand that what we perceive as chaos or „imperfection“ is a mere comparison that our mind makes between what is real and what we ought to be real and acceptable according to cultural or religious standards. I think it’s time to change that and we shouldn’t just love our children, we should also be completely honest with them because we are all imperfect (from a human point of view) and that’s the beauty of existence itself!

  • Stephen Lawrence

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    I am listening to this talk. I notice the word „autistic“ doesn’t appear in the comments yet. Life for an autistic person isn’t always about connection, at least, a lot of meaning is found without connection being in mind. Often one is connecting with people that are now dead, or talking to people who have yet to be born (I have the example of classical music in mind, where composers achieve fame only after they’ve died.) Of course, connection *is* what life’s about, when you eventually realise it, but life can be meaningfully lived without it. Another example I could give would be performance, where connection isn’t fully two-way, and the performer can be performing essentially for themselves, with the audience looking on, absorbing it.

  • Kamanaopono Bednorz

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    One of the best TED talks I have ever seen.

  • Claire Langenhorst

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  • Clara Johnson

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    The words of this woman has helped me constantly through my three years of depression. I know her words will help me again in the future. Keep this video in your watch later; it will always help.

  • griffin0886

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    The way she speaks makes you feel like she’s having a conversation with you one on one. Very enjoyable. 

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