Huffington Foundation-Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work, University of Houston
Braving the Wilderness
Social scientist and three-time #1 New York Times bestseller Brené Brown, Ph.D. has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives – courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In her new book, Braving the Wilderness, Dr. Brown redefines our understanding of what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, she will again change the cultural conversation while mapping out a clear path to true belonging.
She writes, “True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that is rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it’s easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it’s a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It’s a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts.”