It was the class that helped thousands of students around the world journal, share and start living more wholehearted lives. In the fall, 'Oprah's Lifeclass' debuted its first groundbreaking eCourse, 'Brene Brown: The Gifts of Imperfection.' If you missed the first 6-week class, it's not too late. Part One is coming back starting Sunday, January 12. Then, a brand new eCourse, 'The Gifts of Imperfection Part 2' begins March 30. Reserve your space today!
Are you a perfectionist? Brene Brown says this is one of the three main ways people protect themselves from getting hurt. Watch as Brene explains why perfectionism is really just a form of armor. Plus, find out how this trait is connected to shame and fear.
If you turn to food, gossip or social media when you're feeling vulnerable, Brene Brown says, you may be numbing yourself to keep from getting hurt. Another type of armor people use, she says, is 'dress-rehearsing tragedy' when things are going well, a mood she calls 'foreboding joy.' Find out why Brene says joy is the most vulnerable emotion people experience.
If you're caught in a shame spiral, Brene Brown says, there are three things you can start doing today to break the cycle: talking to yourself like you talk to someone you love, reaching out to someone you trust, and telling your story. Watch as Brene shares the number one antidote to shame.
Why does Brene Brown always wear blue jeans or a denim jacket? Pockets, she says. Brene fills these pockets with permission slips she's written to herself, which say things like, "You have permission to be completely uncool." Watch as she explains how our culture of disengagement, cynicism and emphasis on "cool" act as armor when in a vulnerable state.
If you're ready to enter 'the arena' and start living bravely, Brene Brown says, you need two things: 'somebody who's willing to pick you up and dust you off when you get your butt kicked ... and absolute clarity of values.' Watch as Brene explains why you can't have both courage and comfort.
Where does your pool of shame come from? Brene Brown says many families pass down prerequisites for worthiness, whether purposefully and unintentionally. Watch as Brene and Oprah discuss the definition of wholeheartedness and worthiness.
Oprah is joined in the 'Oprah's Lifeclass' social lab by Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, as they discuss living bravely. Brene identifies the various forms of armor we wear, and offers ways to accept and break away from those barriers in order to live a more connected life.
During her more than 10 years studying human interaction, Dr. Brene Brown has found that people commonly conflate vulnerability with 'letting it all hang out.' Well, Dr. Brown says, vulnerability isn't about live-tweeting your bikini wax. Instead, it's about trust, intimacy and connection.
How do you open up to someone you don't completely trust? Dr. Brene Brown has a one-word answer: 'Don't.' Watch Dr. Brown explain why vulnerability is our greatest gift and how we shouldn't give it to people who haven't earned it.