I discovered Brené Brown on Ted Talks. One is titled The Power of Vulnerability, and another is Listening to Shame. About halfway through the second presentation she points out that the purpose of TED is to serve as The Shame Conference. It is a place to showcase errors and the wisdom and insight they provide.
Her 20 minute shame presentation is the clearest explanation I can recall on the subject of how to save the world. Perhaps the people who want to be president could make time to watch it.
Years ago I read (many times) John Bradshaw’s book Healing the Shame That Binds You. I also attended one of his workshops. I have nothing but praise and appreciation for him, but I will say that Brené has a presenting style that is accessible to me in the most wonderful way.
I am currently reading her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.
I’m not far into the book yet and I found this already: “I think we’ve lost touch with the idea that speaking honestly and openly about who we are, about what we’re feeling, and about our experiences (good and bad) is the definition of courage.”