Osher Günsberg On Vulnerability

Join The School of Life and Dumbo Feather for a special evening with television personality and author Osher Günsberg as we explore the part of ourselves that is often the most difficult to express – our vulnerability.

Most of us are aware of the importance of authenticity. We’re told from a young age to ‘be true to yourself’ and that our friends and family will be there for us ‘no matter what’. Yet somewhere along the way, to some degree, the story we hear ourselves telling becomes the story we want others to hear rather than the story that truly reflects our reality. Understandably, we do this to protect ourselves from embarrassment, judgement or worst of all, an admission of failure. We fear exposing the deepest and most flawed parts of ourselves because we think no one would ever understand and could not possibly relate to the anxieties and fears we live with.

Renowned television host Osher Günsberg’s story is one of anxiety, addiction and dangerous thoughts riddling his life behind the scenes, while his ego kept up appearances and the cameras kept rolling. Connecting with his vulnerability personally as well as on a very public stage, in the midst of deep mental and bodily disconnection, was a slow and continuing journey of relearning his fundamental truths.

How closely aligned is the story we tell others about who we are and the story we live internally each day? What does it take to accept and embrace vulnerability enough to merge those stories into a whole, more authentic and complex life?

From his public persona as host of ‘reality’ TV shows The Bachelor and Australian Idol, to the true reality of a deeply traumatic mental health journey, join Osher Günsberg as he shares his raw insight into our connection as humans through the power of vulnerability.

This event is co-curated and presented in partnership with our friends at Dumbo Feather, a quarterly print magazine, website and podcast of conversations with extraordinary people.

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6.30pm            Doors Open
7.00pm            Welcome and Introduction
7.05pm            Osher Gunsberg on Vulnerability
7.25pm            Osher Günsberg in conversation
8.25pm            Audience Q&A
8.30pm            Event Concludes + Book Signing

Please note, this event is also running in Sydney on Wednesday 19th February. Please click here for information on our Sydney event.

This event is suitable for all ages. 


If you or anyone you know needs help or advice there is support available:

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800
MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978
Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467
Beyond Blue on 1300 22 46 36
Headspace on 1800 650 890
QLife on 1800 184 527

'All we have is authentic connection with other human being'.

- Osher Günsberg

About Osher Günsberg

Osher Günsberg is one of Australia’s most recognisable media personalities, his career spanning the past two decades. From his work on Channel [V] in the early 2000s to seven seasons co-hosting Network Ten’s Australian Idol, Osher became the first Australian to host live network prime time television in the USA on CBS’ Live To Dance. Currently, Osher hosts Network Ten’s The Bachelor Australia, The Bachelorette Australia and Bachelor In Paradise.

In 2016 Osher joined the board of SANE Australia as a director, in an effort to help change attitudes in our society about complex mental illness. He published Back, After the Break (Harper Collins, 2018) detailing his journey through anxiety and depression, removing stigmas and helping others recognise when they, or their mates, need help.

About Special Events

Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.




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Osher Günsberg On Vulnerability


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  • Thu 21 Feb 2019 7 – 8.30pm
    St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle St, St Kilda VIC 3182



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