Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work; where she has spent the past 10 years studying courage, shame and authenticity. Here she discussses how, in our anxious world, we often protect ourselves by closing off parts of our lives that leave us feeling most vulnerable. Yet invulnerability has a price. When we knowingly or unknowingly numb ourselves to what we sense threatens us, we sacrifice an essential tool for navigating uncertain times - joy. This talk will explore how and why fear and collective scarcity has profoundly dangerous consequences on how we live, love, parent, work and engage in relationships - and how simple acts can restore our sense of purpose and meaning.