To quote Berne’ Brown, “We are the most in-debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S. history.” That is a mouthful. Think about the people you know, about those wanting to fit in, to live up to some ideal imposed by friends, family, or society. Think of those you know who, for whatever reason, choose to present an image and cling to that image at the cost of suffering silently and ignoring and disregarding who they truly are, and who they truly can become.
In one of my favorite Ted Talks, Berne’ Brown explores: “How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfection so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough, that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy.”
Imagine if we can do this, if we dare, how our sense of life satisfaction would increase. Imagine what we could accomplish if we are willing to bravely take this chance and live our lives as our authentic selves.
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The most addicted? America has long been a nation of violent drunks, opium and pot smokers, and meat eaters. Our generation is probably one of the healthiest on record! I say let’s stop denying that dysfunction can be lots of fun– that may help with the whole self-love-esteem thing to start!! Pure mental health is bleepin’ boring. 🙂
The video doesn’t speak to self-esteem, It speaks to feeling connected with others and being honest with who we are and how we express ourselves. There has been a decline in close connections over the past decades. The quality of friendships have become more distant on average while feelings of loneliness have risen.
Bravo Brene Brown! This talk is truly extraordinary! I think every social worker, mother, father, child and person should watch this! Vulnerability is truly the path to your most joyous and authentic life! I plan to show/discuss this clip in all my social work classes and professional retreats! Thank you a million!