The power of vulnerability | Brené Brown

  • Published on Jan 3, 2011
  • Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share.
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  • Marci R Wilcox
    Marci R Wilcox 11 hours ago +1

    I love Brene' Brown 😉

  • Jason Walsh
    Jason Walsh Day ago

    Kris Valloton told me bout this video

    SUGAR LIFE 3 days ago +1

    ted talks are usually complete fuckin pig vomit...but this lady is AMAZING....great talk funny smart wise vulnerable and

  • Leigh Robshaw
    Leigh Robshaw 3 days ago

    Do you think she wore brown on purpose?

  • Rachelle Muller
    Rachelle Muller 3 days ago

    love this!!

  • Random Snapchat Filters

    Who else is watching this in October 2089?

  • Hassana Nassiri
    Hassana Nassiri 4 days ago

    An awesome talk really. Thank you ♡

  • Kropotkin
    Kropotkin 5 days ago

    Didn't Jesus already talk about it? wtf

  • StoneAir
    StoneAir 5 days ago

    She is a God send! Go to Netflix and watch her special, Call to Courage! Bring the tissue!

  • Jabba The Hutt
    Jabba The Hutt 6 days ago +1

    lmao therapist told me to watch this :')

  • David Thomspson
    David Thomspson 8 days ago +2

    To be vulnerable is to express true intimacy with someone you truly love and care about.

  • ajspades19
    ajspades19 8 days ago

    Why should people be vulnerable when more often than not (more than half the time) being vulnerable results in other people hurting you?
    What good is being vulnerable if people get knocked back further when they are vulnerable?

  • Liam Mic
    Liam Mic 9 days ago

    I enjoy this

  • خبرة و عبرة

    Me me me, I just heard about her yesterday...she is amazing shame she doesn't have her own youtube channel

  • Hennessy ji
    Hennessy ji 11 days ago

    I watched this with my now ex. It still taught us a lot. We didn't have that connection or comprehended this in the same way. That said, it made things so much easier/smoother/peaceful, making that transition to go back out on our own , without any bulshit. I wish I knew more and or accepted the reality of vunerability at a younger age! Hindsight lol

  • Stephen Hill
    Stephen Hill 13 days ago

    This is so relevant to what I am doing with my life today.

  • christopher swan
    christopher swan 13 days ago

    Id rather be invunerable

  • Khalil Djahli
    Khalil Djahli 15 days ago

    God does not charge a person except its capacity.
    Allah made me feel vulnerable and makes me do great things to finally say: "I am enough !".

  • Samwizam 701
    Samwizam 701 15 days ago +22

    Who is here because they have a homework assignment? 🤙

  • shinchiwarrior
    shinchiwarrior 15 days ago

    America. Looking for the 20 minute fix. What a bunch of hooey

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    Emokiriemi Abednego 15 days ago +1

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  • Sara Juárez
    Sara Juárez 16 days ago

    Brené Brown, thank you for inspiring people with your work and storytelling!

  • Dark Soul
    Dark Soul 16 days ago


  • Shelley E
    Shelley E 16 days ago

    And your North Node in astrology will tell you in what area you should head towards. Mine says I need to get in touch with 'feeling' as Capricorn is my 'south node'. So I looked up vulnerable.

  • Witek Witeks
    Witek Witeks 17 days ago +1

    : D

  • Josiah Gottschalk
    Josiah Gottschalk 17 days ago +1

    Her hair is amazing.

  • Ronald Allan Lim
    Ronald Allan Lim 18 days ago

    I am watching

  • Hossein Nayernia
    Hossein Nayernia 20 days ago

    Yogis and Buddhists have been saying this for many hundred years.

  • Nokuthula Kubheka
    Nokuthula Kubheka 21 day ago +316

    Who else is watching this in October 2019? Omg I'm fascinated and getting so informed!

    • Heather Mozo
      Heather Mozo 4 hours ago

      Me! Me!

    • luis Carlos
      luis Carlos 5 days ago


    • Ciro Casarin
      Ciro Casarin 6 days ago +2

      I've had a deep breakdown/spiritual awakening too, about 2 years ago and I'm still working on it. Brené has been one of my mentors through the journey, among others like Dr Caroline Leaf with her Brain Detox (which I strongly recommend). Greetings from South Argentina!

    • kajalbelleza
      kajalbelleza 6 days ago

      Me! So amazing though what she said. So much truth!

    • Ayeskint
      Ayeskint 11 days ago +2

      My lady sent me this link because I, too, am struggling. This talk has certainly given me things to think on.

  • Miss King
    Miss King 21 day ago

    Anyone here from Russell Brand Under the Skin?

  • The journey to my dreams

    I am enough

  • siuabc
    siuabc 22 days ago

    "Courage to be imperfect"... So powerful. Courage to go forward as an imperfect...

  • Scott L. Royal
    Scott L. Royal 23 days ago

    6:49, 17:56

  • Liam Shanley
    Liam Shanley 24 days ago

    Who was sent here by LeSar?

  • Laura Breen
    Laura Breen 24 days ago +3

    Who else is watching this in April 3652?

  • Toby Sibiya
    Toby Sibiya 24 days ago

    Still amazing!

  • Jody Spurgin
    Jody Spurgin 25 days ago

    I have followed Ms. Brown for years...I am so happy she has continued to speak and spread her message true authenticity is so rare yet reveals what makes humans capable of such amazing things...when we own who we are we can connect so much better. Help each other heal

  • Jefferson Vieira
    Jefferson Vieira 26 days ago

    Mais algum Brasileiro por aqui?

  • Steve Amrol
    Steve Amrol 26 days ago

    A colleague recommended Brene to me today so I'm watching.

  • Roy Chefets
    Roy Chefets 27 days ago

    This broad is affiliated with the University of Houston, a crappy school that is rated about #150 in the US. Why would anyone listen to such an intellectually challenged individual? Smart people go to the good universities. Dumb people are forced to affiliate themselves with the losers.

  • New Talent
    New Talent 28 days ago

    And we're just gonna keep suffering as long as we're attached to our egoic identities. In 20 minutes of daily meditation you can dig even deeper on this topic, from your own source.

  • InspiredLife
    InspiredLife 28 days ago +3

    Vulnerability is at the heart of feeling a sense of true belonging!

  • Jonathan Amsden
    Jonathan Amsden 28 days ago

    I like how she said what separates the groups of people who feel worthy and the ones that don’t is that people who feel worthy are the ones who believe they are! Boom! Simple all about mindset! Fake it till you make it! ;)

  • Ziegut
    Ziegut 29 days ago

    Bullshit researcher who traffics in junk science. I want 20 minutes of my life back.

  • PG - E
    PG - E 29 days ago +1

    Well that is one of the best things I’ve ever seen.

  • PG - E
    PG - E 29 days ago +1

    “Obviously it didn’t end well.” 😂

  • PG - E
    PG - E Month ago

    I’m not enjoying
    Excruciating vulnerability
    “In order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen. Really seen.”

  • PG - E
    PG - E Month ago

    “No one wants to talk about it, and the less you talk about it, the more you have it.”

  • PG - E
    PG - E Month ago +1

    “Is there something about me that if other people know it or see it, I won’t be worthy of connection”

  • PG - E
    PG - E Month ago +10

    “Connection is why we’re here. It’s what gives meaning to our lives.”

  • PG - E
    PG - E Month ago +3

    “Lean into the discomfort of the work”
    Such good advice

  • PG - E
    PG - E Month ago +1

    “If you can’t measure it, it doesn’t exist.” Wow this is asinine. And I’m a Scientist storyteller. Wow.

  • PG - E
    PG - E Month ago +4

    “Maybe stories are data with a soul”

  • T SWERC1
    T SWERC1 Month ago

    I'm enough

  • Laseanda Ford
    Laseanda Ford Month ago

    I always come back to this Ted Talk.

  • Lora Gibbs
    Lora Gibbs Month ago

    Does anyone know if the book is available in printed form. My Husband has ask for it and I can absolutely not find it. My Husband will be horrible to me if I don't find this.

  • Okane Tameru
    Okane Tameru Month ago

    This was my very first time I saw her and her poignant message. So much of it resonated with me on so many levels, and I still recall how appreciative I was of it all. Then she went all Hollywood, is all I can say. Still inspirational but it's become more "show" imho.

  • Karen Johnson
    Karen Johnson Month ago

    Love her presentation and life work. Daily I try to adopt her guideposts for wholehearted living!! I am enough......

  • Leo Lauble
    Leo Lauble Month ago +2

    lots of love to anyone reading this...I struggle with this all the time, its not worth it.

  • Gabriel Steele
    Gabriel Steele Month ago

    Democrats, listen to this woman. Quit punching people because they voted for someone you don't "approve" of. Democrats stop screaming, be gentle and listen to those you hate. You might find out we're humans like you.