Brené Brown studies human connection — our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.

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  1. I could totally relate to all her words, I have been on a very long journey of leaving shame behind and facing and embracing vulnerability. I really resonated with numbing…. I have done it for many years and have only fairly recently been aware that it numbs all of me. So thankyou for sharing Brene, I am encouraged by the amount of people who have been in similar positions and have overcome!

  2. Thank you. I remember myself being 25 years year old, and saying to my bf: "I know I love you because I know…but I can't feel it. I think that I so much did not want to suffer any more that I blocked my emotions. The problem is that I blocked everything. I blocked the good and the bad. There's no selection in it. And now, Not feeling anything anymore, life has no taste. At all". It was 18 years ago…Now I'm a therapist 😉

  3. I think we all numb our emotions in order to escape from facing our problems. We believe that time is going to heal everything, but unfortunately, it doesn’t. As we grow older, our minds are filled with flashbacks of these moments when we were stuck in fear. We go back there because there is a scar which has been covered by distraction. I liked when you said that vulnerability is the most accurate measure of courage because when we are vulnerable, we get motivated, and therefore we get excited and ready to face anything in the world. And when we get into this step, we will be so proud that whether our goals has been achieved or not, we won ourselves back. We are now ready to be seen and ready to bravely love and work with motivation because we have accepted our destiny. So acceptance is the key to getting our emotions back. Thanks a lot for this amazing video 🙂

  4. I always try to confine in ppl thinking my love could help them and make them love as i do and not hurt me in my vulnerable state instead I'm kicked even more and hated by those I show love to thus I self sabotage

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