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I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or … Continue Reading >>
I’ve spent over 20 years studying the emotions and experiences that bring meaning and purpose to our lives, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned it’s this: We are hardwired for connection, and connecting requires courage, vulnerability, and conversation. I want this to be a podcast that’s real, unpolished, honest, and reflects both the magic and the messiness of what it means to be human. Episodes will include conversations with the people who are teaching me, challenging me, confusing me, or maybe even ticking me off a little. I'll also have direct conversations with you about what I’m learning from new research, and we'll do some episodes dedicated to answering your questions. We don’t have to do life alone. We were never meant to. Unlocking Us is a Spotify Original from Parcast. << Show Less
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Part 1 of 6: Brené with Ashley and Barrett for the Summer Sister Series on The Gifts of Imperfection Join me and my sisters, Ashley and Barrett, for Part 1 of our six-part Summer Sister Series on The Gifts of Imperfection. In this episode, we start with the Introduction, go over the 10 Guideposts, and talk about our personal Wholehearted Inventory scores. Surgeon General’s Warning: This is about as real as it gets. Equal amounts laughing, hard conversations, surprising revelations, and cussing. And some singing. But I file that under painful and/or laughing. If this sounds like your kind of conversation, join us for the rest of the series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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Emotions role in burnout Emily explains the role of emotions as burnout sets in.
Snippet of Unlocking Us: Brené with Emily and Amelia Nagoski on Burnout and How to Complete the Stress Cycle Burnout. We're all experiencing it and we're all desperate for a way through it. In this snippet, Brené interviews Drs. Emily and Amelia Nagoski about the whys behind why we get "stuck" in stress and the transformative process of moving through emotions to complete the stressor cycle. The ways our bodies and brains deal with stress are very different, and understanding those differences can help us move beyond emotional exhaustion.
Snippet of Unlocking Us: Brené with Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass on The Power of Paradox Paradox is simultaneously maddening and one of the most spiritually fulfilling concepts we have for capturing the complexity of human life. Listen as Brené interviews Mark & Jay Duplass. They are film-makers, writers, directors, producers, actors, and activists. They’re also partners, fathers, and brothers who believe in connection, love, and the importance of small moments. In this snippet, the three discuss the power of paradox and how the concept helps create indelible moments on camera.
Snippet of Unlocking Us: Glennon Doyle and Brené on Untamed What keeps you small and afraid? That's the basic question behind Glennon Doyle's book Untamed. The bestselling author and friend of Brené joins in for a frank conversation of the societal pressures that keep us from living a full life, specifically through the lens of womanhood. Expect to go deep and get vulnerable! In this snippet, listen to Doyle illuminate an excerpt from her book about a domesticated cheetah that became a metaphor for the lifelong training that keeps us afraid.
Snippet of Unlocking Us: Brené on Anxiety, Calm + Over/Under-Functioning Anxiety--we have all felt it. As Dr.Brown explains, responses to anxiety cause many of us to default into "over-functioning" and "under-functioning" modes of behavior. Brené relates a deeply personal story about going into over-functioning during an emergency, and what this revealed about her own childhood. Listen in as she explains how anxiety is contagious and how patterns in our day-to-day lives reflect the roles and expectations of our first families. Tips for cultivating a calm practice are on the docket as well!
Empathy in Music Two of my favorite human beings, Brené Brown & Dolly Parton, discuss the power of healing through music through hearing our own story in song.
Snippet of Unlocking Us: Brené with Sonya Renee Taylor on "The Body is Not an Apology" In Dr. Brené Brown's own words: "This conversation was a big unlocking for me - especially when it comes to understanding the connection between how we think about our bodies and oppression."

In this powerful snippet, author, activist, and poet Sonya Renee Taylor tells the origin story behind the name of her digital media and education company, The Body is Not An Apology. Brené listens--uncomfortably sometimes--to Taylor's work around body shame, radical self-love, and social justice.
Brene Brown: Anxiety, Calm + Over/Under-Functioning Anxiety is a growing epidemic in our culture, it's even proven to be contagious. Mental health researcher and professor, Brene Brown, breaks down how anxiety is presented in patterns we developed early in life. For some, anxiety promotes over-functioning, for others, it encourages under-functioning, and all reactions are natural. They're a symptom of anxiety rather than a character flaw.
Snippet of Unlocking Us: Brené on Ask Me Anything, Part 1 of 2 Occasionally Brené hosts an "ask me anything" segment to take recorded questions from listeners. As a noted academic, she calls on her background and personal experience to answer several everyday inquiries. In this snippet, a caller asks about the rise of "fake news." Listen as Brené sheds light on the research about confirmation bias and critical thinking, and the dangers of a culture of fear.
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Brené with Ashley and Barrett for the Summer Sister Series on The Gifts of Imperfection, Part 1 of 6 Join me and my sisters, Ashley and Barrett, for Part 1 of our six-part Summer Sister Series on The Gifts of Imperfection. In this episode, we start with the Introduction, go over the 10 Guideposts, and talk about our personal Wholehearted Inventory scores. Surgeon General’s Warning: This is about as real as it gets. Equal amounts laughing, hard conversations, surprising revelations, and cussing. And some singing. But I file that under painful and/or laughing. If this sounds like your kind of conversation, join us for the rest of the series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Part 1 of 6: Brené with Ashley and Barrett for the Summer Sister Series on The Gifts of Imperfection Join me and my sisters, Ashley and Barrett, for Part 1 of our six-part Summer Sister Series on The Gifts of Imperfection. In this episode, we start with the Introduction, go over the 10 Guideposts, and talk about our personal Wholehearted Inventory scores. Surgeon General’s Warning: This is about as real as it gets. Equal amounts laughing, hard conversations, surprising revelations, and cussing. And some singing. But I file that under painful and/or laughing. If this sounds like your kind of conversation, join us for the rest of the series. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Brené on Armored versus Daring Leadership, Part 2 of 2 This is Part 2 of our two-part series on daring leadership, where I unpack four more common types of armor that we use to self-protect when we're in fear. These barriers include creating a fitting-in culture versus a belonging culture; fostering a scarcity-based culture versus modeling that we are enough and have enough; leading reactively versus leading strategically; and resisting change versus accepting and embracing change.
Brené on Armored versus Daring Leadership, Part 1 of 2 The greatest barrier to daring leadership is not fear; the greatest barrier is armor, or how we self-protect when we're in fear. This is Part I of a two-part series, where I unpack the most common types of armor, including being a knower versus being a learner, tapping out of hard conversation versus skilling up and leaning in, and using shame and blame to manage others versus using accountability and empathy. Join me for a conversation that includes real examples and actionable strategies about how we can dare to lead.
Brené with Melinda Gates on The Moment of Lift In this episode, I talk with philanthropist and global advocate for women and girls, Melinda Gates. We talk about empathy, the power of story, and about her book, The Moment of Lift - a clear and powerful call to action for gender equity.
Brené on Words, Actions, Dehumanization, and Accountability In this "On My Mind" episode, we talk about shame and accountability. We discussed this a bit last summer, but I’m going deeper today in light of the insurrection at the US Capitol building and the resulting calls to unity without accountability. Dehumanization as the most significant driver of insurrection and it always starts with language. We are all responsible for recognizing it, stopping it, and holding people accountable for dehumanizing language and actions.
Brené with Tim Ferriss and Dax Shepard on Podcasting, Daily Practices, and the Long and Winding Path to Healing It’s a podcasters’ roundtable! In this episode, Tim Ferriss, Dax Shepard, and I talk about everything from preparing for podcasts, parenting, and ping pong, to addiction, trauma, and the long, winding road to healing and wholeness. It’s fun and hard and messy. Everything you’d expect from three people who consider curiosity a way of life.
Brené with President Barack Obama on Leadership, Family and Service In this episode, I talk with President Barack Obama about his life, his work, and his new book A Promised Land. We dive into the power of leaning into uncertainty, and why the rare skill of holding the tension of opposites makes us better leaders, partners, and parents.
Brené on The Queen's Gambit, Revisiting FFTs, and Resting Our Tired Brains In this "On My Mind" episode, we revisit FFTs and talk about tried brains and new strategies for recovering from too many hard first times.
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