Looking to deepen your relationships, professional satisfaction, and personal innovation? Then it’s time to get vulnerable. We speak with TED Talk superstar Brene Brown, whose research says that exposing our secret selves is the most daring way to live. And, while the trans-gender movement gains ground, we’ll explore the shockingly common occurrence of doctors assigning gender to intersex babies. Plus, twins separated at birth find each other at last.
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Dr. Brené Brown is a University of Houston-based researcher and academic who is now author of two best-selling books, based on years of data. Her message: authentic human interactions, innovation, professional satisfaction and meaningful relationships are only possible when we dare to expose our vulnerabilities and confront our shame, and that ultimately, boldly doing battle with the self means sometimes landing flat on your face. Her new book, Rising Strong is about how to get up, dust yourself off, and be willing to do it all over again.
There are actuarial tables and plenty of lists to help you figure out whether you've hit middle age: gray hair, inability to read your phone, failure to recognize songs on the radio. But as NHPR’s Sean Hurley reflects from his home in the White Mountains, maybe middle age is simply noticing a shift in perspective.
Anaïs Bordier and Samantha Futerman are authors of the book Separated @ Birth: a True Love Story of Twin Sisters Reunited. They also produced a documentary about their experience called Twinsters which is currently showing in select theaters.