Brene Brown Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Brene Brown quotes and Brene Brown sayings, and Brene Brown proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"We use work to numb out. We can’t turn off our machines because we’re afraid we’re going to miss something."

"Normally, when someone we love is turning away from a struggle, we self-protect by also turning away. That’s definitely my first response. I think change is more likely to happen if both partners have common language and a shared lens to see problems."

"We’re hardwired for connection. There’s no arguing with the bioscience. But we can want it so badly we’re trying to hot-wire it."

"You cannot talk about race without talking about privilege. And when people start talking about privilege, they get paralyzed by shame."

"As a vulnerability researcher, the greatest barrier I see is our low tolerance for vulnerability. We’re almost afraid to be happy. We feel like it’s inviting disaster."

"I love to take, process and share photos – it fills me up."

"I can encourage my daughter to love her body, but what really matters are the observations she makes about my relationship with my own body."

"Kids who have an understanding of how and why their feelings are what they are are much more likely to talk to us about what’s happening, and they have better skills to work it out."

"We judge people in areas where we’re vulnerable to shame, especially picking folks who are doing worse than we’re doing."

"As a shame researcher, I know that the very best thing to do in the midst of a shame attack is totally counterintuitive: Practice courage and reach out!"

"I’ve learned a lot since I was a new mother. My approach to struggle and shame now is to talk to yourself like you’d talk to someone you love and reach out to tell your story."

"One thing that I tell people all the time is, ‘I’m not going to answer a call from you after nine o’clock at night or before nine o’clock in the morning unless it’s an emergency.’"

"I think if you follow anyone home, whether they live in Houston or London, and you sit at their dinner table and talk to them about their mother who has cancer or their child who is struggling in school, and their fears about watching their lives go by, I think we’re all the same."

"Anonymous comments? You’re not in the arena, man. If you can’t say it to me in person in front of my kids, don’t say it."

"The uncertainty of parenting can bring up feelings in us that range from frustration to terror."

"My husband’s a pediatrician, so he and I talk about parenting all the time. You can’t raise children who have more shame resilience than you do."

"Guilt is just as powerful, but its influence is positive, while shame’s is destructive. Shame erodes our courage and fuels disengagement."

"It’s hard to practice compassion when we’re struggling with our authenticity or when our own worthiness is off-balance."

"For me, the opposite of scarcity is not abundance. It’s enough. I’m enough. My kids are enough."

"When you stop caring what people think, you lose your capacity for connection. When you’re defined by it, you lose our capacity for vulnerability."

"Vulnerability is basically uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure."

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

"First and foremost, we need to be the adults we want our children to be. We should watch our own gossiping and anger. We should model the kindness we want to see."

"One of the things I did when I discovered this huge importance of being vulnerable is very happily moved away from the shame research, because that’s such a downer, and people hate that topic. It’s not that vulnerability is the upside, but it’s better than shame, I guess."

"I’ve learned that men and women who are living wholehearted lives really allow themselves to soften into joy and happiness. They allow themselves to experience it."

"Ironically, parenting is a shame and judgment minefield precisely because most of us are wading through uncertainty and self-doubt when it comes to raising our children."

"The difficult thing is that vulnerability is the first thing I look for in you and the last thing I’m willing to show you. In you, it’s courage and daring. In me, it’s weakness."

"As unique as we all are, an awful lot of us want the same things. We want to shake up our current less-than-fulfilling lives. We want to be happier, more loving, forgiving and connected with the people around us."

"Live-tweeting your bikini wax is not vulnerability. Nor is posting a blow-by-blow of your divorce . That’s an attempt to hot-wire connection. But you can’t cheat real connection. It’s built up slowly. It’s about trust and time."

"I hesitate to use a pathologizing label, but underneath the so-called narcissistic personality is definitely shame and the paralyzing fear of being ordinary."

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