This journey is not only about learning counselling skills and theory, it is equally about developing **yourself** as a person, so that you can bring your congruent and empathic self to the counselling relationship in a non-judgemental way.
You may have already heard of Brené Brown, Ph.D, LMSW. She's a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work and has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame.
Her 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on TED.com, with over 15 million views. She gave the closing talk, Listening to Shame, at the 2012 TED Conference in Long Beach.
Below is a wonderful little insight that takes a snapshot of her talk on Blame. Here's what you may get from this short mini:
- Blame is the discharging of discomfort and pain.
- It has an inverse relationship with accountability.
- Accountability by definition is a vulnerable process.
- Blaming is how we miss opportunities for empathy, because we spend our time making the connections on whose fault it was.
Illustrator Katy Davis (aka gobblynne) has produced this RSA short taking a short sample from one of Brene's talks.
Put the books of Brené Brown on your reading list and begin to acquaint yourself with her teachings and research.
It's good stuff!
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