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Men, Women and Worthiness: The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough | [Brené Brown]

Men, Women and Worthiness: The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough

What does it take to be secure in our sense of belonging and self-worth? We may hustle to attain this security through achievements, meeting expectations, or repeating affirmations to ourselves - but Dr. Brené Brown's research has shown there is ultimately one obstacle to our sense of worthiness. “Shame is the barrier,” she teaches, “and building shame resilience is how we overcome it.”
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We Are Enough: Engaging with the World from a Place of Worthiness

What does it take to be secure in our sense of belonging and self-worth? We may hustle to attain this security through achievements, meeting expectations, or repeating affirmations to ourselves - but Dr. Brené Brown's research has shown there is ultimately one obstacle to our sense of worthiness. “Shame is the barrier,” she teaches, “and building shame resilience is how we overcome it.” With Men, Women, and Worthiness, Dr. Brown draws upon more than 12 years of investigation to reveal how we can disarm the influence of shame to cultivate a life of greater courage, joy, and love. In this rich and heartfelt examination of this pivotal element of happiness, she invites you to explore:

  • The differences and similarities between the experience of shame for men and women.
  • Guilt vs. shame - why one is a useful force for growth, while the other keeps us small.
  • The four elements of shame resilience - identifying our triggers, practicing critical awareness, sharing our story, and speaking honestly about shame.
  • Empathy as the primary antidote to shame.

“Whether you are a man, woman, or child, every one of us has the irreducible need for love and belonging,” Dr. Brown teaches. “A sense of self-worth, unhindered by the inner voices of shame, allows us to meet that need.” With the warmth, candor, and humor that has made her a celebrated speaker, Brené Brown offers a road map for navigating the emotions that hold us back-so we can cultivate a life of authenticity and connection.

©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Brené Brown

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    Marcia Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-29-13
    Marcia Albuquerque, NM, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Incredibly helpful book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Shame can have devastating energy and effect, and for me it seems to occur around those people that I love the most. I don't want to hurt or worry them when I am going through these feelings. Brene has helped me understand the ugliest side of shame and has giving me the tools to work through those feelings rather then being ruled by them. After reading this book I was able to give my daughters some examples of my behavior that they had a keen memory of and explained that this book would help them understand why I felt and acted the way I did. I went on to explain to them that if they took the time to read this book they would be exposed to an extremely helpful concept that would help them the rest of their lives. This would help them to not only understand themselves better, but to understand those people around them better.


    Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favorite?

    It is so helpful that Brene is so honest and open about her own experiences. I felt like I was in the room with her and felt such empathy for her story. It allowed me to feel empathy for my own memories in which I still feel shame.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    The concept of turning shame into anger and lashing out helped me to understand my own behaviors and those of people close to me. I was able to forgive and understand some comments that had been said to me from my mother. I now understand that these hurtful comments were about her own feelings of shame.

    It was also so helpful to hear about men's shame. This gave me very useful insight into what drives us in our relationships. It gave me the ability to have much more empathy for men, but for all people really.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin Cayuga, TX, United States 08-13-13
    Kevin Cayuga, TX, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Men, Women and Worthiness in three words, what would they be?

    Was very glad that this book was recommended to me! And wished I hadn't waited to listen to it. But I'm glad that i finnaly did. Brene Brown uses some of her own storys from her life to help relate the information that she is explaining. I listen to the book and there is a lot of info in there that I listen to it again back to back. And I'm listing to her other books and love all that I have listened to. For me you can't go wrong listing to her books. We all deal with shame and she to me has been the only one to address this. Thanks to Brene Brown for looking into men and how we deal with shame! I love the info that I got from her book.Please keep them coming!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brene Brown


    Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favorite?

    Herself


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Men, Women and Worthiness?

    To understand shame and how it plays out in my live as a man.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tori CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-18-13
    Tori CHARLOTTE, NC, United States 12-18-13
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    "Short but pretty good."
    Would you listen to Men, Women and Worthiness again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again. The book was pretty good but kind of short. The book almost totally focused on shame and not much on worthiness. I think she could have added more about dealing with shame and less about what shame is. I liked her naration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favorite?

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    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Moonglotexas South Africa 11-05-13
    Moonglotexas South Africa 11-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It elegantly and humorously conveys the importance of accepting imperfections within ourselves. More than that, it highlights how differently men and wonen experience the world.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Men, Women and Worthiness?

    Brene's stories make the theory so very much lighter and easier to remember, she keeps you giggling!


    Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favorite?

    This question doesn't really apply to this sort of book, but Brene being Brene is awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    Highly recommended!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bret L Berry Forest, IN USA 08-29-14
    Bret L Berry Forest, IN USA 08-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I'm ashamed of my appreciation for this book"
    Where does Men, Women and Worthiness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It ranks among in the top 5 of 18 of the audiobooks to which I've listened. I haven't listened to that many, but I have chosen audiobooks very well. This book is excellent.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That someone else documented the shit with which I live.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    She was quite a performer. If she hadn't been a white, texan woman with incredible edu cred, I'd have connected a bit better. I'm a white, mid-west, truck driver, with no edu cred, so I automatically hate her and all that she represents. Anyhoo, I liked hearing her. She obviously knows her s*** and her s*** is so my s***.


    What did you learn from Men, Women and Worthiness that you would use in your daily life?

    I learned some coping stuff, you know.


    Any additional comments?

    I kid a bit in my responses, but this book was excellent, unless you have not experienced shame......or life, a******.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 04-14-14
    Meggin Reno, NV, United States 04-14-14 Member Since 2009

    Speaker, Coach, Author - in Reno, NV (A GREAT place!) I've been an avid Audible fan for several years. Listen on my iPhone many hours each week.

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    I needed this info TODAY and am thankful for Audible's double time option. I sat outside and listened and slowed it down sometimes when I couldn't take notes fast enough.

    This is life-changing material. Wish I had had it long ago. The difference between shame and guilt. How to be shame resilient... So much here. Just incredible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 02-21-14
    David H Palo Alto, CA United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A really humbling experience"

    One of the best things I've read. Deeply impacted by this book. I learned so much about the experience of shame and am so grateful for her take on male shame.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea 09-13-14
    Andrea 09-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    What did you love best about Men, Women and Worthiness?

    I felt I had known things about my deep anxieties but had not known how to explain them and she has taken them apart and put the pieces into a logical and clear order. She has made it clear what we all need to see, work on and how we can help ourselves to understand what we do and why.


    What other book might you compare Men, Women and Worthiness to and why?

    Men are from..... Venus was not clear to me, this is. She speaks of research and how real people brought this to light. She also speaks of the fact that not all people react the same. In the other book, I felt I did not fit in either camp and it was not clear for me that so much is based vulnerability.


    What does Brené Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She brings her own story to the book and experiences from other people to illustrate her points. Research. She is clear and disects things and lines them up in clear building blocks, how one leads to or effects another.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mitzi D. Minnesota 04-29-14
    Mitzi D. Minnesota 04-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Insight and introspect"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Men, Women and Worthiness to be better than the print version?

    Most people, including me, love BB, but what this book gave me was a shorter version that I could listen to and enjoy for a couple of days and come back to when needed. Also, even though I don't have a male partner in my life...It helped me to understand my father and brother better.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The guidance related to men and women.


    What does Brené Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her voice. I can't listen to any of her audio books that are read by others. There isn't the same passion.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, the white horse reference. It also goes for same sex couples.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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