Do you belong?
Brené Brown is a researcher and author who has studied the concept of belonging extensively. In her work, she defines belonging as the "innate human desire to be part of something larger than us." Brown argues that belonging is a basic human need and that feelings of belonging are crucial for our well-being and happiness.
According to Brown, one of the key factors in cultivating a sense of belonging is the ability to be vulnerable and authentic with others. She argues that when we are able to show up as our true selves, we increase the chances of connecting with others and forming meaningful relationships.
Brown also highlights the importance of courage and compassion in fostering a sense of belonging. She believes that it takes courage to be vulnerable and to reach out to others and that it takes compassion to create a sense of belonging for ourselves and others.
This need to belong is a fundamental human need as it is tied to our social nature and desire for connection, acceptance, and security.
Feeling like we belong to a group can provide a sense of identity, security, and support, which can have a positive impact on our mental and emotional well-being.
Note to self: If you must comprise your values to “fit” into a team/organisation, this is a clear sign that you do not belong because when our values or beliefs are different from those of the people around us, it is then that we start to question our own identity and authenticity.