I am probably pretty late to the party on this one but recently, through my therapist, I have been introduced to the writings and talks of Brené Brown, Ph.D. and Licensed Master Social Worker. She is currently a research professor at the University of Houston, Graduate College of Social Work and has spent the last ten years researching and sharing her findings surrounding vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame.
When I mentioned Brown to a friend of mine yesterday, and how I thought I might really benefit from reading her work, she exclaimed, " I KNOW! I just picked up two of her books from the library!" To which I responded--"SERIOUSLY??? I just ordered two of her books from Chapters!!!!" ( Yes we talk like this sometimes. I believe everyone should have one friend that you can get incredibly animated with, regardless of whether you are excited or feeling completely superior over others).
Back to what I really wanted to look at.....
The Actual Pastor refers to Brown's three masks of vulnerability and I wanted to look at them one at a time. The first one is Foreboding Joy. Brown writes