Brené Brown on The Power of Vulnerability

“What underpinned this shame is this 'I’m not good enough', which we all know that feeling...I’m not blank enough, I’m not fit enough, rich enough, beautiful enough, smart enough, promoted enough. The thing that underpinned this was excruciating vulnerability--this idea that of in order for connection to happen, we have to allow ourselves to be seen...really seen.”

“...I roughly took the people I interviewed and divided them into people who really have a sense of worthiness (that’s what this comes down to, a sense of worthiness, they have a strong sense of love and belonging), and folks who struggled for it (folks who are always wondering if they’re good enough), there was only one variable that separated the people who have a strong sense of love and belonging and the people who really struggled for it...and that was that people who have a strong sense of love and belonging believe they’re worthy of love and belonging. That’s it. They believe they’re worthy.”

(Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. You can read more about her here.)