Brene Brown Vulnerability Definition and Quotes with Images

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Brene Brown Vulnerability Definition and Quotes with Images

 

Dr. Brené Brown is a world-famous social work research professor who has spent decades studying and teaching about courage, vulnerability, and shame. Her TED talk, Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 35 million views.

Here's some of what Brené Brown has to say about vulnerability.

 

What's in This Post

Dr. Brené Brown's Own Experience With Vulnerability
Brené Brown's Definition of Vulnerability
Brené Brown Quotes on Courage and Vulnerability
The Connection Between Vulnerability and Intimacy
The Connection Between Vulnerability and Opportunity
See Your Whole Self
Own Your Story
Stretching Yourself is Both Rewarding and Challenging
You are Worthy
The Power of Vulnerability Brené Brown
Resources for Letting Go of Your Emotional Baggage

 

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Dr. Brené Brown's Own Experience With Vulnerability

"I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad.

My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty:

Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.

Learning how to be vulnerable has been a street fight for me,

but it’s been worth it." 

-- Brene Brown, quoted by Dan Schawbel in his Forbes 2013 article, "Brene Brown: How Vulnerability Can Make Our Lives Better."

  

Brené Brown's Definition of Vulnerability

What is vulnerability according to Brené Brown? 

“The definition of vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.

But vulnerability is not weakness; it's our most accurate measure of courage.

When the barrier is our belief about vulnerability, the question becomes: 'Are we willing to show up and be seen when we can't control the outcome?'

When the barrier to vulnerability is about safety, the question becomes: 'Are we willing to create courageous spaces so we can be fully seen?”

-- Brené Brown, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

 

Brene Brown Vulnerability Definition Quote, The definition of vulnerability is uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure.  But vulnerability is not weakness; it's our most accurate measure of courage

 

 

Here's another graphic take on Brené's definition of vulnerability:

 

Brene Brown on vulnerability and courage quote

 

 

Brené Brown Quotes on Courage and Vulnerability

“Vulnerability is not weakness,

and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we face every day are not optional.

Our only choice is a question of engagement.

Our willingness to own and engage with our vulnerability determines the depth of our courage and the clarity of our purpose;

the level to which we protect ourselves from being vulnerable is a measure of our fear and disconnection.” 

-- Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

This quote from Brené reminds me of something a friend told me years ago. She was passing on something that her therapist said to her: "In your vulnerability, lies your strength."

 

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The Connection Between Vulnerability and Intimacy

“There is no intimacy without vulnerability.
Yet another powerful example of vulnerability as courage.” 

 

― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

 

There is no intimacy without vulnerability. Brene Brown vulnerability definition and quotes.

 

 

The Connection Between Vulnerability and Opportunity

“When you shut down vulnerability, you shut down opportunity.”

 Brené Brown quoting entrepreneur Gay Gaddis in  Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

 

Brene Brown Vulnerability Quotes, When you shut down vulnerability, you shut down opportunity.


 

See Your Whole Self

“Wholehearted living is about engaging with our lives from a place of worthiness.

It means cultivating the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, ‘No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough.’

It’s going to bed at night thinking, ‘Yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable and sometimes afraid, but that doesn’t change the truth that I am also brave and worthy of love and belonging.”

 ― Brené Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

 

Own Your Story

“I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.” 
― Brené Brown

 

I now see how owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do.  Brené Brown quote about vulnerability and courage

 

"Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it.

Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable.

Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light."

― Brené Brown

 

Stretching Yourself is Both Rewarding and Challenging 

“And often the result of daring greatly isn’t a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue.”

― Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

 

Brene Brown Vulnerability Quotes, And often the result of daring greatly isn’t a victory march as much as it is a quiet sense of freedom mixed with a little battle fatigue.

 

 

For help stretching your comfort zone, check out this post: How to Step Out of Your Comfort Zone

 

You are Worthy

“You are imperfect,
you are wired for struggle,
but you are worthy of love and belonging.” 

― Brené Brown

 

Brene Brown quote about vulnerability. You are imperfect, you are wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.

 

The Power of Vulnerability Brené Brown

These are the final words of Dr. Brown's Ted Talk, The Power of Vulnerability:

"When we work from a place that says, 'I’m enough,'
then we stop screaming and start listening,
we’re kinder and gentler to the people around us,
and we’re kinder and gentler to ourselves."

― The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown Transcript

 

Resources for Letting Go of Your Emotional Baggage

Through decades of helping clients work through emotions and experiences that weigh them down and keep them stuck, I've figured out a lot about what helps and doesn't help. I created the Learn, Let Go, Lighten Up: Silver Lining Emotional Detox Journal & Workbook, so more people can experience the benefits that come with processing past and current challenges and letting go of the burdens. (You can think of it as emotional detox.) 

 

Learn, Let Go, Lighten Up: Silver Lining Emotional Detox Journal & Workbook

 

 

  

 

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  • CHRIS PCC
    CHRIS PCC

    To whom it may concern
    I was recommended to pick up your book Brené from a woman I met while transiting Waiting for my flight in Boston. I am a older person Gay who lost their Partner. Should l consider your book. vulnerability or Braven the wilderness Confused. I have strong likes
    As well as dislikes . My exposure is residing in NEW YORKCITY. RETIRED Airline staff (Rather worldly person. Thank you. CHRIS.

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