Brené Brown Photo credit: Danny Clark

We often think of vulnerability as a weakness, but being open and vulnerable with those we care about actually requires courage and strength. When we manage it, vulnerability also strengthens 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.

Living Whole-Heartedly

We can learn to be whole-hearted and improve our relationships with family members, friends and colleagues in 2015.

This Week’s 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, 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

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Air Date:December 27, 2014

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  1. Deb

    I really appreciated this discussion. I think the guest was spot-on.

  2. Alicia Easton
    Fort Worth, Texas

    Loved what she was saying. Put a different choice of words to another book I’m reading called Comfortable with Uncertainty by Pema Chodron. Had to hear her interview again so listened again on-line.

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