by Peggy Shafer
Don’t let the cumbersome title of Brené Brown’s latest book discourage you from reading it. The title is the only snore in a lively work that is rare in its relevance for every single one of us. We’ve all felt shame. Most of us have shuddered a bit faced with the word vulnerability, even more in imagining ourselves doing vulnerability. But vulnerability—not oversharing, not purging—is at the heart of connection. In order to experience what is most deeply human—connection—we have to work through shame by learning shame resilience and thereby the courage that allows us to feel worthy of love.
Brené Brown’s work is based on research, but her writing is anything but dry. It’s intimate and story-laden and contains the maps we need to follow in order to become more courageously connected to ourselves and to the people we love.
For a quick introduction to her work you can find two of her talks on TED.com.