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2. Set

In this activity…

Students are introduced to the marble jar analogy and learn about the seven elements of trust using the BRAVING acronym.


Watch Brené Brown’s SuperSoul Session: The Anatomy of Trust, where she explains the marble jar analogy and sliding door moments. During this session, she also walks you through the seven elements of trust using the BRAVING acronym.

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After the video, ask students if they have any questions or if they need you to clarify any of the elements of trust. Use the information presented in the ‘READY’ section to answer these questions. If you don’t know an answer, be honest by telling students that you are unsure but that you will look into it and follow-up with them tomorrow (this is a great way for you to practice being vulnerable as well). Then, engage in a discussion using any of the following prompts:

  • Do you agree that trust is built in small moments over time? Can you think of an example of a small moment that helped you build trust with someone?
  • Which of the seven elements of trust do you think is the hardest to fulfill?
  • Which of the seven elements of trust are you naturally good at addressing?
  • What does your marble jar look like right now? What adds marbles to your marble jar? If your marble jar is not full, what is preventing you from filling it? How can you address those barriers?

NOTE: There are no right or wrong answers. The goal of this discussion is not to prove a point or declare one opinion better than another. This discussion simply encourages students to think critically about the information presented to them.