According to Brené Brown, blaming someone for something can be detrimental to relationships and make it difficult to practice empathy—even if the one you’re blaming is yourself.
In the video below, Brown, a self-proclaimed storyteller and researcher at the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, explains why we blame other people and how it negatively impacts our lives.
“Blame is simply the discharging of discomfort and pain,” she says. And, contrary to what you might think, blame is actually the opposite of holding someone accountable for their actions. Confused? Don’t blame us! Just watch the video!