Vulnerability, Whole-Heartedness, and Sense of Worthiness

By Daniella Rueda, CEI Intern Although often perceived in a negative light, vulnerability (emotional vulnerability, that is) is actually a necessary and important state of being for achieving human connection. Brené Brown, a qualitative researcher and self-proclaimed storyteller, has spent the last twenty years of her life studying topics such as shame, empathy, and vulnerability,[…]

Classrooms, Compassion, and Contentment

By Meghan Wenzel, CEI Intern Ask someone to share his or her vulnerabilities, and you will likely receive a horrified look or nervous laugh. For most, vulnerabilities are weak spots, shameful imperfections to hide from others. But Brené Brown sees them differently. She sees the power in accepting our vulnerabilities and choosing to love ourselves[…]

Vulnerability, Shame, Courage, and Connection

Meghan Wenzel, CEI Intern, and Christine Mason In Daring Greatly, Brené Brown talks of masks, “The word persona is Greek term for ‘stage masks.’ In my work masks and armor are perfect metaphors for how we protect ourselves from the discomfort of vulnerability.” (p. 113). Sometimes our feeling of vulnerability arises from a sense of[…]