The Link Between Vulnerabilty and Creativity

988669_10152882434160652_1893030052_nWelcome to another Tuesday with TED. Today we have Dr. Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past ten years studying courage, shame, and authenticity. Brené states that in our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet invulnerability has a price. When we knowingly or unknowingly numb ourselves to what we sense threatens us, we sacrifice an essential tool for navigating uncertain times — joy.

This funny and engaging talk explores how and why fear and collective scarcity has dangerous consequences on how we live, love, parent, work, and engage in creative pursuits – and how simple acts can restore our sense of purpose and meaning. I just loved this talk, and I think you will too. Enjoy!

Did this change how you view vulnerability? I know it did for me. Do you agree with Brené’s statement that without vulnerabilty, there can be no joy, love, faith, and creativity? How might you use vulnerabilty (and fear) to enhance your creativity? Share your thoughts below.

Until next time,
Cynthia Patton

About Cynthia J. Patton

Writer, Editor, Advocate, Speaker, Special Needs Attorney, and Autism Mom. Also the Founder and Chairperson of Autism A to Z, a nonprofit providing resources and solutions for life on the spectrum.
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