Doctor Brené Brown was born on the 18th of November, 1965, in San Antonio, Texas. Brown works as a research professor at the University of Houston, where the Huffington Foundation is held by her – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at the Graduate College of Social Work. Additionally, Brené is occasionally a visiting professor in management at the Austin McCombs School of Business, at the University of Texas.
Brown has spent the greater parts of the last two decades conscientiously studying and devoting her time to the studies of courage, shame, compassion, vulnerability. These themes also prevail and comprise of the main substratum pervading the works of Brown. Brown is the author of five #1 bestsellers in the New York Times.
Today, Brené hosts a podcast named Unlocking Us – it will be released in March of 2020. The Power of Vulnerability, a TED talk by Brené is among the five most viewed TED talks in history. It has been viewed more than 45 million times.
A special by Brené, named The Call to Courage debuted on Netflix on the 19th of April, 2019, with Brown being the first researcher ever to have a filmed lecture of hers on the streaming service.
Now, we’ll have a look at the most loved and best books by Brené Brown.
Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead
Brown’s Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead is, without a doubt, one of the best books about courage, period. It delves in exposing and setting up a challenge against the commonest myths and presumptions concerning the faculty of vulnerability.
After the better part of ten-years have been devoted to researching and carrying out multitudes of interviews, Brown showcases the findings and the data she has come up with about the concepts of weakness, vulnerability and of shame.
Exposure, uncertainty, and emotional risk is what Brown announces that vulnerability is to be defined as. She sustains the notion that the sense of vulnerability is at the heart of our experiences.
In the end, as Brown notes, vulnerability isn’t a weakness: everyone is, at one time or another, vulnerable; everyone requires support from someone in their lives. Trusting people to give you this support and being vulnerable is akin to the two sides of a coin. Brown believes that it is indicative of a strong person when one embraces their weakness and vulnerability.
The meticulous reader will find that by following Brown’s guiding words, a feeling of courage will creep in, approvingly, and that more meaningful connections will be made with our close ones. Brown’s writing is a brilliant, ecstatic meditation on the positive improvement of one’s life, a step at a time. It is no surprise that it remains atop of Brené Brown best books.
The Gifts of Imperfection
The Gifts of Imperfection, published in 2010, is one of Brown’s best books. Knowing that Brown is a true researcher, it’s not a stretch to imagine her thinking prior to writing The Gifts of Imperfection being one of curiosity about how and why sincere, committed people, essentially, tick.
Long story, short: Brown found that these people and she lived very different lives, almost as if on some kind of antipodes. That was all that Brown had to know before she set off on her journey towards changing this for these people.
Worth mentioning is that The Gifts of Imperfection is far from a book of anecdotes, or a memoir. Though Brown often uses stories from her own life, they are always used as examples and are promptly analyzed.
Brown introduces us to the notion of Wholeheartedness, and Brown goes off to identify 10 factors present in the lives of these wholehearted people. Each factor is referred to as a guidepost and receives a chapter dedicated to it.
The readers are left with the glint and ray of hopefulness. If nothing else, Brown believes, we are enough for each other. We’re imperfect, but still we are worthy of love and we should all have a place to which we belong. It is by embracing this imperfectness that is intrinsic to all of us, that we can live a full, if not completely stress-free, contented life.
There aren’t many writers that go through the same degree of time-consuming and taxing research that Brené does before she publishes a book. Rising Strong is the culmination of more than a decade’s worth of studies about human behavior and a decade’s worth of advices to people and how they can achieve wonderful things.
There is a three-step process that Brown has noticed and identified, like chapters or acts in a play.
- The Reckoning, where we find and make visible the emotions innate for a certain experience and we start thinking how these same emotions communicate through our behavior, countenance and even our deeper thoughts.
- The Rumble, the stories surrounding an even are connected by us as we analyze them to find what the truth actually is. What implicit lies we allow ourselves to believe, once found, might call forth feelings of shame, vulnerability, nostalgia, discontent, or many others. Brené notes that it is nothing new for humans to invent stories to suit our own comfort, as they rest upon the fundaments of the past – our memories.
- The Revolution phase is the final one. Here, with the truth already uncloaked, the vibrance needed to stand powerfully as a new person is present. It won’t be as easy as just making up your mind, but even this is a beginning. Moment by moment, with all our presumptions and illusions revealed, man can make the needed changes to rise strongly.
Ask any fan of Brown’s and they’ll tell you that this along with the two previously mentioned comprise the best books by Brené Brown.
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest of True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone
Braving the Wilderness: The Quest of True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone was published in 2017. It was a #1 New York Times bestseller and received universal love, though it was noted as a weaker work than Brown’s most famous efforts. Nonetheless, Braving the Wilderness is an efficient and practical guide for assuming a certain favorable position: being in sync with one’s culture.
Brown turns her attention towards the need and, subsequently, the power of belonging in a time of man’s dissonance with community. Brown remains the same truthful, honest writer as she notes and makes sense of feelings once present in her own life. She, too, has felt self-destructive, insecure, vulnerable.
Brown discovered, as other authors of different eras have noted, that man has an intrinsic, unyielding need to experience and feel connected with others, and how this need can be hurt by improper communication. The hurt of isolation and anguish can act counterintuitively against our attempts at being social.
As in all things, time and patience along with trust are needed so as to make the first steps towards achieving the courage, but it is a process that needs to be finished. The rewards and sense of gratification received speak enough for its worth.
Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
The 2018 release by Brown, Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversation. Whole Hearts., is another entry towards the self-help genre – that Brown has helped popularize and strengthen with each of her books. Dare to Lead, a product of extensive research – by way of interviewing leaders and a bit of introspection –, is a welcome addition to leadership writing.
Even though Brown wanted the book to be a breeze of a read, it still has more than 300-pages in between the covers. Each chapter, nay! each paragraph bears insightful, striking content. For Brown, a leader is ‘anyone who takes responsibility for finding the potential in people and processes, and who has the courage to develop that potential. ‘
The themes, themselves, along with this definition, we can deduce that this work of Brown’s is relevant to sociology, and all the aspects that the field harbors. Anyone working in, or just interested in the field of social work, can learn a lot about leadership and leaders in Dare to Lead.
This book provokes the readers to contemplate in a different manner what our thoughts about the factors needed to make a real leader are, and whether we are painting a false image.
Brown has done much to help and add to the self-help section of any bookstore, but much more she has helped change, for better, the lives of millions of people. She persists in this undertaking even today.