It took a year of therapy for Dr Brown to bring this insight to fruition;and to embrace vulnerability as she suggests is an ongoing challenge.Why are we wired this way? Is it because we are social animalsand feel that to protect the herd/community we must internalizefeelings that are different from the herd; or is it a survival extinct to protect ourselvesfrom the herd? In other words, in the same way that physical pain has aprotective purpose may not shame have a purpose? Finally, the greatest insightI learned in this talk is that you cant numb your negative emotions withoutalso numbing your empathic and life affirming ones and that as a result the onlyway to a rich and deeper and more fulfilling life is to embrace the whole of youwith warts and all and as best you can in whatever way you can and whenever you canto share your heart with whomever you can.
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