Negative Emotions Are Necessary
Robert T. Muller, York University
January 31, 2017

Brené Brown, author of three New York Times bestsellers, The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong, speaks at TEDx: Houston in one of the top five most watched TED Talks. In her presentation, Brown explains that, although feelings of vulnerability are central to negative emotions like shame, the courage to be vulnerable is also the path to positive experiences like joy, creativity, and belonging. She suggests that people can’t choose to experience only positive emotions, while numbing themselves throughout negative experiences. Rather, people must be willing to accept life’s darker moments in order to fully experience the most joyous times