• English Conversation Classes with TED: Brene Brown on Vulnerablility

    So far, this is my favorite of the TED talks I have watched. I suppose it may be because my wife and I are getting ready to have our first child, and I’ve been wondering to myself, “What can I do to make myself a better person for this child?” In this talk, Brene Brown talks about a difficult point in her research into human shame and vulnerability that gave her a much deeper understanding of herself, others, and a lot of the problems the world faces right now. Why should you listen to Brene?

    According to TED:

    Brene Brown

    Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

    How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?

    1. Why didn’t the event planner want to call Brene a researcher?
    2. What did she decide to call Brene instead?
    3. What did Brene’s professor tell her?
    4. Why was this important?
    5. Why does Brene say we are here?
    6. What, according to Brene, unravels connection?
    7. What causes this condition?
    8. What separated the people with a strong sense of love and belonging from the others.
    9. What did the people with a strong sense of belonging have in common?
    10. Why was this upsetting to her as a researcher?
    11. What happened to her next?
    12. What does Brene say we do with vulerability?
    13. What is the problem with this?
    14. How else do we handle vulnerability?
    15. What is blame?
    16. What is the job of a parent?
    17. What is her “other way” of handling vulnerability?

    In the comments on TED’s page for this video, someone pointed out that what Brene concluded was basically the idea of Tao:

    To be whole, let yourself break.

    To be straight, let yourself bend.

    To be full, let yourself be empty.

    To be new, let yourself wear out.

    To have everything, give everything up.

    The Tao-Master clings to the Tao and becomes a model for all.

    He doesn’t put on a show, but his light shines forth.

    He doesn’t justify himself, but he is known for his integrity.

    He doesn’t boast, but he is recognized as accomplished.

    He doesn’t contend with others,

    and thus no one contends with him.

    The old saying, “Surrender and conquer,” is not an empty slogan.

    Surrender to the Tao and find yourself completed.

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