by Brené Brown
TED, 2008
20:49 min

Ask many people about vulnerability, and they’ll tell you it’s something scary to be avoided. Vulnerability means weakness. It means loss of control. It means you might get hurt. It means the unknown.

Researcher and storyteller, Brené Brown, in this fabulous TED talk, tells us that, on the contrary, those people who are the most “whole-hearted” — those who have courage, compassion, and connection — are also those who embrace and accept vulnerability.

We can’t numb ourselves to the dark emotions like vulnerability, Brown says, without also numbing ourselves to the “good” emotions, like joy and gratitude.

Watch the video (20:49 min):