Men, Women, and Worthiness: The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enoughby Brené Brown
What does it mean to engage with the world from a place of worthiness? How do we make the long walk from "What will people think" to "I am enough!" Dr. Brené Brown has spent more than 10 years researching these questions, and her discoveries always lead back to one critical finding: Shame resilience. "If we want to cultivate
What does it mean to engage with the world from a place of worthiness? How do we make the long walk from "What will people think" to "I am enough!" Dr. Brené Brown has spent more than 10 years researching these questions, and her discoveries always lead back to one critical finding: Shame resilience. "If we want to cultivate more courage, joy, and love in our lives, we have to understand how and why shame keeps us afraid and small." On Men, Women, and Worthiness, Dr. Brown shows how liberating it is when we stop pursuing unattainable ideals of perfection-and start embracing who we truly are. In this rich exploration of the themes she introduces in her popular TED talks, Dr. Brown explores:
- The differences and similarities between the experience of shame for men and women
- Guilt vs. shame-why one is a useful force for growth, while the other holds us back
- The four elements of shame resilience-identifying triggers, critical awareness, reaching out, and speaking honestly
- The journey to worthiness
- What is shame?
- How women define shame
- How men define shame
- The irreducible need for love and belonging
- Metaphors for our experience
- Shame is universal
- The difference between humiliation and embarrassment
- Empathy: the antidote to shame
- Being present for others
- Empathy versus sympathy
- Recognizing shame
- Strategies to get out of survival mode
- Practicing critical awareness
- Reaching out
- Speaking our shame
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Meet the Author
PhD, LMSW Brene Brown
Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work who has spent the past 10 years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She is a nationally renowned speaker and has won numerous teaching awards, including the college’s Outstanding Faculty Award. Her groundbreaking work has been featured on PBS, NPR, and CNN. Her 2010 TEDxHouston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of most watched talks on TED.com. Her most recent TED talk, “Listening to Shame,” was released in March 2012.
Brené is the author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t). She is also the author of Connections, a psychoeducational shame resilience curriculum that is being facilitated across the nation by mental health and addiction professionals.
Brené’s current research focuses on wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations. She lives in Houston with her husband and their two young children.
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WOW. Impactful, LOVED having some male perspective shed on this topic. Nobody likes shame, but what a godsend to have tools to recogzine it and understand it, AND move out of it. GREAT listen, short & sweet and to the point. One of the BEST I've read/listened too, and I've read a few. Getting another copy for a friend. Can't wait for my husband to listen to this on the drive home. Well done Brene, I am now a fan.
There is so much that the author shares, that I had to rewind several times to relisten and ended up listening to the whole thing again to tie all the context together. Other than a somewhat rambling style, Brene is very engaging and makes some extremely important points and uses personal examples that really help.