Social Lab Work: "Living Bravely"

Use these questions to help you work through questions about living bravely from this Oprah's Lifeclass with Brene Brown.
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The biggest challenge to being vulnerable is shame, which has two tapes: The first says, "You're not good enough." The second asks, "Who do you think you are?" Which do you hear most often in the quiet of your mind?

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Can you think of some specific times when those messages kept you small?

3

Secrecy, silence and judgment keep shame alive, and empathy keeps it from growing. Is there someone who has earned the right to hear your story and will create a space of empathy for you?

4

If you think you're not pretty/smart/skinny enough, ask yourself, "Have I bought into something that's keeping me small that's got no basis in reality?" Now write down where the message came from.

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Would you say you numb yourself—turning to food, social media, TV, gossip, anything—rather than be vulnerable? How do you numb? What brings you true comfort?

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One of the things people need when they are about to "step into the arena" is clarity about their values. What is one value that you use as a light in your life? Why is it important?

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Can you describe a time you felt great joy but then started "dress-rehearsing tragedy"? The antidote is gratitude. So, the next time you feel foreboding joy, what will you be grateful for?

8

What is the biggest difference between the person you show the world and the person you are?

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At the beginning of each week, can you pledge to contribute more than you criticize? What would be the hardest part to upholding that promise?

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