Vulnerability is not weakness. And that myth is profoundly dangerous.

Brené Brown

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About This Quote

“Listening to Shame.” TED2012. Mar. 2012. Conference Presentation.

Source: "Listening to Shame." TED2012. Mar. 2012. Conference Presentation. Additional Information: This quote by vulnerability researcher Brené Brown means that people commonly believe that displaying vulnerability (allowing other people to see you as you are) is the same thing as displaying weakness (showing other people that they can hurt you and take advantage of you). Says Brown, the confusion of vulnerability with weakness is highly detrimental, as it keeps people from displaying their inner selves, thereby preventing them from having true intimacy with others. The quote is from Brown's 2012 TED Talk on vulnerability and shame. Watch the full TED Talk here: Brené Brown - Listening to Shame