Length: 336 pages
Audiobook Length: 8 hours and 29 minutes
First Published: 2021
In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through eighty-seven of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances—a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heartbreaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.
Over the past two decades, Brown’s extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as on Brown’s singular skills as a storyteller, to show us how accurately naming an experience doesn’t give the experience more power—it gives us the power of understanding, meaning, and choice.
Brown shares, “I want this book to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves.”
Quotes from Atlas of the Heart
Avoidance will make you feel less vulnerable in the short run, but it will never make you less afraid.
People will do almost anything to not feel pain, including causing pain and abusing power.
The more difficult it is for us to articulate our experiences of loss, longing, and feeling lost to the people around us, the more disconnected and alone we feel.
Comparison is the crush of conformity from one side and competition from the other—it’s trying to simultaneously fit in and stand out.
TV Trailer for Atlas of the Heart (2022)
About Brené Brown
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston. Known for speaking on vulnerability and shame, Brown is a bestselling author whose works include The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Braving the Wilderness, and Atlas of the Heart. She also hosts the podcasts Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead. Brown currently lives in Houston, Texas. Visit the author’s website →