Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience

by Brené Brown (Author)

In her latest book, five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr. Brené Brown writes, “If we want to find the way back to ourselves and one another, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection.”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.”

In her groundbreaking work, "Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience", Brené Brown takes readers on an extraordinary journey through the vast and intricate terrain of human emotions. With her signature blend of vulnerability, empathy, and humor, Brown offers a comprehensive guidebook to the inner workings of our hearts, exploring the complex interplay of feelings and experiences that shape our lives.

With the meticulousness of a cartographer, Brown charts the landscape of the human heart, identifying and defining eighty-seven distinct emotions. She masterfully weaves personal anecdotes, scientific research, and poignant stories to illuminate the transformative power of emotions and their profound impact on our relationships, our work, and our overall well-being.

Drawing upon years of groundbreaking research, Brown reveals the intricate interplay between emotions and our physical, mental, and spiritual health. She emphasizes the crucial role of emotional literacy in fostering meaningful connections, building resilience, and navigating the challenges of life with greater courage, compassion, and wisdom.

As we embark on this journey with Brown, we discover the profound significance of embracing our full range of emotions, both positive and negative. We learn to recognize and honor our feelings without judgment, acknowledging that each emotion carries valuable information that can guide us towards growth and self-discovery.

"Atlas of the Heart" is a tour de force that deftly blends scientific rigor, emotional insight, and captivating storytelling. It is a must-read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of themselves, their relationships, and the complexities of the human experience. With her characteristic warmth and authenticity, Brené Brown invites us to embrace our emotions as the compass that guides us on our life's journey.


504 pages