Brene Brown on compassion and vulnerability

Brene Brown is an academic social work researcher with an amazing personal story. Using thousands of stories, she finds that people that feel love and connected (wholehearted) share four key attributes: courage, compassion, connections, and most surprisingly, vulnerability.

Courage means to tell the story of who you are with your whole heart – imperfections and all. Compassion starts with treating ourselves kindly and then must extend to treating others kindly. Connections were the result of authenticity, that is real connections not connections from trying to be something they weren’t. Vulnerability, well I’ll leave that from Brene.

I have little doubt that we can all learn from these ideas, but particularly educators. As an educator I hope that I am “wholehearted”, the other option I suppose would be “broken hearted” and that’s not where I want to be. As Parker Palmer explains, “As I teach, I project the condition of my soul onto my students, my subject, and our way of being together.” Enjoy.

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