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We often think of vulnerability as a weakness, but being open and vulnerable with those we care about actually requires courage and strength. Vulnerability can strengthen our most precious human connections.

Dr. Brené Brown has inspired millions of people with her TED talks on the power of vulnerability. Learn why striving for greater authenticity should be on your list of New Year’s resolutions. We can learn to be whole-hearted and improve our relationships with family members, friends and colleagues in 2013. As Dr. Brown writes, “What we know matters, but who we are matters more.”

Guest: Brené Brown Ph.D., LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Her books include: The Gifts of Imperfection, I Thought It Was Just Me, and her new book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead.

Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on TED.com, with over 6 million views. She gave the closing talk, Listening to Shame, at the 2012 TED Conference in Long Beach. The photo of Dr. Brown is by Danny Clark.

Her website is brenebrown.com

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  1. julie

    Why do you say this? Give a concrete example….

  2. Elizabeth Allemann, MD

    Thank you a thousand times for bringing this amazing guest to my attention. I’ll be listening to her TED talks and getting her books from the library. I am a family physician who has advocated for increased options in maternity and child health care for my entire career. It has taken great courage to continue the vulnerability on an ongoing basis. Medicine is not at all a welcoming environment to the revolutionary idea. The profession of medicine would be greatly helped by Dr. Brown’s ideas being embraced. I wish her all the greatest success and the wide dispersion of her message and ideas.

  3. Anna M. C.

    This was an excellent show. Thank you for bringing another side of health to the table, by focusing on mental health and wellness. A great perspective and one that is underemployed. A great way to start the New Year.

  4. MLB

    This was one of the best programs I have heard. Thank you.

  5. Catherine

    I found this broadcast to be outstanding. As a mental health professional I know how important self esteem is to our well-being. Or conversely, how damaging and detrimental LOW self esteem is to our well being. I try to teach (and practice) self compassion with my clients, but it is a difficult sell in our culture. I think we are almost addicted to feeling negatively about ourselves or to our personal dramas which bring us down.
    The Dalai Lama was among a group of Western psychologists and teachers and they were discussing the problem of low self esteem and he was confused, unable to grasp the concept. It turns out that there is no such concept or state of mind among the Tibetans or Nepalese people. They practice Loving Kindness to all, including themselves. When it was explained to him he was deeply saddened by the number of people who experience shame and self-loathing in our culture.
    Thank you for bringing Dr. Brown to your show. May the New Year of us all be filled with greater loving kindness and compassion for others AND ourselves.

  6. Jean

    I know about Dr. Brene Brown, so I really enjoyed this show. Good health encompasses body, mind and spirit so it is good to learn more about the mind and spirit.

  7. Daniel D.

    Wow. What an amazing show. So touching. Thanks so much! I will be sharing this episode.

  8. susan

    Wow- I loved the message that this guest brought to your listeners. For well educated people, I think that we forget that we, too, can struggle with mental issues like depression, addiction and frozen emotions. I have found that participating in a 12 step program helps me with these issues. The message of “admitting to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs” which is step 5 is the vulnerability your guest talks about. It does take courage. It does help those who are willing to participate. It can benefit us all. 12 step programs allow us to freely share and be vulnerable without being judged. And you thought they were just for addicts? For those alone, in dysfunctional families, or low in self esteem, they are a place to gain courage and pursue our own mental wellness. I appreciate the message today because I am thinking about stepping out and addressing my community about mental wellness.

  9. TTPOL

    Your show this morning 12/29/12 was so very timely for me–vulnerability/courage. My former husband died recently. We had maintained a friendly relationship over the last 20 years, which our two adult daughters greatly appreciate. He has lived 4000 miles away from us, visiting us twice a year and our traveling to visit him every few years.
    My daughters and I, along with their young families, all traveled to the site of the Memorial Services in December. I was most fearful of how I would be perceived by all of the visitors to the services–friends of his and some family whom I had not seen very often. Who was I? Why was I there? Was I an intruder in their grief? Was it foolish of me to go?
    But I did want to honor his life as Father to my daughters and a loving Grandfather. I never knew what people thought of my attending. I surely felt vulnerable. Listening to Dr Brown this morning I saw my Courage in taking a risk in doing what felt right. And I have appreciated myself all day.
    I certainly give this program 5 stars! Thank you People’s Pharmacy for nurturing all aspects of our Humanness.

  10. M P

    K.B., the website is self-compassion.com, woman is Kristin Neff.

  11. Laura Brown

    I appreciated this episode very much. I was not familiar with Dr. Brown or her work prior to your interview. Her insights and approach are very compelling.

  12. w

    K.B. – Dr Kristin Neff is the developer of the Neff Self-Compassion Scale. I’m going to go through it right now! We could all use more awareness of this and everything Dr. Brown was discussing.
    – w
    listening on 88.3, WHWC, Menomonie-EauClaire WI

  13. K. B.

    Two questions:
    1) What was the website that Dr. Brene Brown mentioned this a.m. re self-compassion? I missed the site and the woman’s name whose site it is.
    2) You mentioned this a.m. on-air that there’s a way to share this program with a friend or friends. How do I do that?
    I listen every week and this is one of the best programs I’ve heard.
    Many thanks,

  14. Katherine

    Your show this morning with Dr. Brene Brown was so on-target for me that I took extensive notes and look forward to reading her latest book. Her appearance on your program was timely, as folks get motivated this time of year to assess the past year and to develop new, positive ideas and patterns into the next year. My appreciation to you all for this terrific show.

  15. mwellallwys

    This edition of the people’s pharmacy was encouraging. The people’s pharmacy reognizes that it’s listeners are wholly mind,, body and soul. Today’s home remedy ws good for the soul.
    A listener of WUNC 91.5 FM

  16. BTS

    Thanks you Dr. Brené Brown for your timely message.
    My last year was spent caring for a terminally ill sister. I pushed away support from friends because I was ashamed they’d find out that I’ve lost so much money in the past few years. I can no longer care for my Mother other than providing and preparing food – which is a lot but it’s not very visible. My car is always the oldest in the parking lot, it makes noise, and I’ve moved from a gated resort to a trailer park so I can parcel out my savings. My business is failing and I have little to be proud of anymore – other than my reaction to crisis. But I’m so ashamed of my situation.
    When I reached out to my lover she told me “You take care of yourself,” as if it was encouraging. I wanted to hear “I understand” or “I’m with you” (or “Me too” as you said), and instead I get a cheerleader. If I was drowning she would only think of getting her hair wet in the burden of saving me. I told her I didn’t have the emotional resources for the relationship at this time.
    Anyway, thanks for your thoughts, I’ll buy “daring greatly!” and am planning to be actively supportive of myself this year. I have ideas on how to network and gain support, thanks to your perspective.
    A listener on WJWJ 89.9FM

  17. Xihuan

    I loved it. My other half really enjoyed the messages.
    This was the very first time I have ever heard of the “people’s pharmacy” show. Therefore, I have no reference point of what the show is actually about. Based on the one feedback comment from AGA, sounds like the show is supposedly NOT about insight, encouragement, or preventative medicine. If that was the case, Than what AGA said is still pretty harsh and extreme. The subject could be referred as totally off the show’s subject. But to call it “absolutely the worst edition … ever” I personally found today’s show so moving, meaningful, and motivating to a better way of being a human and how to work with our own lack of self love.
    Sure Dr. Brene Brown did not talked about a magic pill to take to solve people of their shame and fear. But everything she said really had valid solid and practical everyday applications. The honesty that she shared about her shame so openly really is breath taking and inspirational. I personally believe in preventative medicine. What Dr. Brown’s research findings really reinforced that belief.

  18. Cathleen H.

    I caught only the end of this program, but was immediately interested in the topic/conversation with Dr. Brown, did a bit of quick research on her, read the Amazon reviews (4.5 stars of 97 reviews) of Daring Greatly and then ordered it on the spot. I am now accessing the podcast and look forward to hearing the complete interview.

  19. AGA

    absolutely the worst edition of the peoples pharmacy ever. I look forward to your show every week, but this guest does not belong on your program

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