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.
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 is 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 tired brains and new strategies for recovering from too many hard first times.
Brené with David Eagleman on The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain
In this episode, I talk with David Eagleman, a neuroscientist, New York Times bestselling author, TED speaker, and Guggenheim Fellow, all about the brain and how it works. It’s mysterious, malleable, constantly changing and up for new challenges. We dig deeper into the research in his book Livewired: The Inside Story of the Ever-Changing Brain on the power of being uncomfortable and trying new things and how important new experiences are for continued brain development and health.
Brené with Priya Parker on The Art of Gathering
In this episode, I talk with Priya Parker - a master facilitator, strategic advisor, and the author of The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why it Matters. We dig into what it means to come together, why connection requires intention, and the often-invisible structures inside our most meaningful gatherings. Priya even helps me deconstruct my wedding and why, decades later, people still tell me how different and fun it was!
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Exact reflection, at the exact time I personally needed this. As a General Officer in the military dealing with chaos and disruption, placing emphasis on the mental resilience with practical and pragmatic solutions is priceless. Thank you.
Thank You Brene & Guests
I am starting this podcast Jan 2021 and listening to every episode from the beginning. We are in a second round of lockdowns which leaves me out of work again. I am taking this time to learn. I walk 2-5k a day to keep my mind and body in a good place during these really hard times.
Thank you and to all of your educated guests.
❤️❤️❤️❤️ I can’t thank you enough!
Thank you for your episode on dehumanizations
Your latest episode on the dangers of dehumanizing of people really resonated with me. As someone who lost a third of their family in the Holocaust, I understand this well. I completely agree that this is a key issue right now. I appreciate the research you share and the information shared from experts in this area.