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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 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.
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Unlocking Us with Brené Brown Vox Media Podcast Network

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 22.8K Ratings

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.
Part of the Vox Media Podcast Network.

    Unlocking Us is Back

    Unlocking Us is Back

    We're coming back with new episodes starting February 28th. Get episodes as soon as they're published by following Unlocking Us on your favorite podcast app.
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    • 1 min
    Brené and Ashley on Living BIG, Part 2 of 2

    Brené and Ashley on Living BIG, Part 2 of 2

    In this second of a two-parter on Living BIG, Ashley and I take on the topics of generosity, resentment, boundaries and grief. And we explore this critical question: What boundaries need to be in place for me to be in my integrity and to be generous in my assumptions about others? I’m grateful to rumble on this — and so many other questions — with this awkward, brave, and kind community.
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    • 30 min
    Brené and Ashley on Living BIG, Part 1 of 2

    Brené and Ashley on Living BIG, Part 1 of 2

    In this first of a two-parter with Ashley, I tell a story from Rising Strong that kicked off our Living BIG strategy. Spoiler alert: I am very, very, very pissed-off in this story. But I eventually come around to finding and seeing the connection between boundaries, integrity, and generosity.
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    • 48 min
    Brené with Father Richard Rohr on Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Unlearning Certainty, Part 2 of 2

    Brené with Father Richard Rohr on Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Unlearning Certainty, Part 2 of 2

    In Part 2 of my conversation with Father Richard Rohr, we talk about facing our shadows and living and loving through the second half of life, and we laugh. A lot. What a gift to be with him at the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque. A deep and true blessing.
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    • 26 min
    Brené with Father Richard Rohr on Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Unlearning Certainty, Part 1 of 2

    Brené with Father Richard Rohr on Breathing Under Water, Falling Upward, and Unlearning Certainty, Part 1 of 2

    I flew to Albuquerque, New Mexico, to spend the day with Father Richard Rohr. We laughed, I cried a little, we laughed some more, and I told him why his work pisses me off sometimes. He thoroughly delighted in that last part. In Part 1 of this special two-part series recorded at the Center for Action and Contemplation, we focus on his writing in Breathing Under Water: Spirituality and the Twelve Steps and just a few of the quotes — on spirituality, suffering, gratitude, and grace — that have changed and rearranged me over the years.
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    • 42 min
    Brené with Chris Germer on the Near and Far Enemies of Fierce Compassion, Part 2 of 2

    Brené with Chris Germer on the Near and Far Enemies of Fierce Compassion, Part 2 of 2

    We’re back with Part 2 of my conversation with Chris Germer, a clinical psychologist and lecturer on psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and we’re talking about fierce compassion, which is something so many of us are trying to figure out right now. When there’s so much pain and hurt in the world, we want to be a voice. We want to speak up and speak out. We want to take action, and we want to do so from a place where we are healing pain. In this episode, Chris and I talk about what’s actually possible for us as humans and how we can respond to pain and hurt without causing more of it and without self-protecting and distancing.
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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22.8K Ratings

22.8K Ratings

craigspofford ,

Thanks for coming back

I had stopped listening and really missed it. Not enough to start listening on that other podcast platform because of other podcasters exclusively there. Thanks for coming back. Ready to listen and learn

Anon12333566 ,

What a let down

She used to be amazing and someone who would stand up for justice for all. Her work spoke to me personally and helped me a lot so it was such a downer to hear that she is unable to practice her own work in order to support the Palestinian people.

I cannot recommend her work anymore sadly.

Livhypnoswag ,

SO disappointed in Brene Brown’s Palestine cowardice

I honestly couldn’t believe the opinion that Brene Brown wrote on the “both-sidesism” of Israel’s ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian people. Just so so disappointing. A failure of white supremacy culture rearing its head. Brene, you need to go back to the basics and catch up on your Angela Davis, you are not ready to meet this moment. Disappointing.

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