Brené Brown, PhD, is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work who has spent the past 10 years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She is the author of best-sellers including Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead, from which this article was adapted. Rising Strong is now in paperback from Random House.
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Shame sabotages our desire for emotional intimacy, says Brene Brown.