Brené Brown (born November 18, 1965) Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston . In her website she describes herself as having  spent the past thirteen years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, rage,  and empathy.

She is the author of three best sellers,  The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), Daring Greatly (2012), and Rising Strong (2015). She probably rose to prominence thanks to a TED talk she gave in 2010 which became a TED sensation of sorts. If you aren’t familiar with TED (Technology, Education, Design), you should check out their website.

Brene’s vulnerability and self disclosure struck a chord with millions of viewers, and her books have become best sellers. She has great insights into the shame and guilt that so many of us berate and punish ourselves with. The antidote to shame is to embrace and celebrate our vulnerabilities. I will review her books over the next few months. I would encourage anyone who has struggled with shame and anxiety to read her books, especially Daring Greatly, and to visit her website.