Brené Brown: Listening to Shame

The Magic that Happens When We Confront Shame Head On

Shame is an unspoken epidemic; the secret behind many forms of broken behaviour. Jung called shame the ‘swampland of the soul,’ that crippling emotion behind so many problems.

Brené Brown studied shame for six years. She says that while guilt is the feeling that we did something bad, shame is the feeling or belief that we are bad. Shame is feeling we are a mistake and is highly, highly correlated with addiction, depression, violence, suicide, and eating disorders.

When her Ted talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, she hit a wall of shame. In this talk, Brené Brown explores what can happen when you confront your shame head-on, with humour, humanity, and vulnerability.