Illustration: Jen Troyer
For most of us, the choice to be honest about ourselves can mean exposure, and possibly even being hurt. Who wants to admit that we're in love with our oldest friend or—oh, dear God—longing to write poems instead of becoming a partner at the law firm? But, however afraid we are, says Brené Brown, PhD, the author of Daring Greatly, "The question that we must ultimately answer is this: What's the greater risk? Letting go of what people think, or letting go of how I feel and what I believe and who I am?"