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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
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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.


    5 of 5 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.


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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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    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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    Dave Hedley San Mateo, CA United States 02-21-14
    Dave Hedley San Mateo, 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.

    2 of 3 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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    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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