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The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage | [Brené Brown]

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.
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Publisher's Summary

Show Up and Let Yourself be Seen

Is vulnerability the same as weakness? “In our culture,” teaches Dr. Brené Brown, “we associate vulnerability with emotions we want to avoid such as fear, shame, and uncertainty. Yet we too often lose sight of the fact that vulnerability is also the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity, authenticity, and love.” On The Power of Vulnerability, Dr. Brown offers an invitation and a promise - that when we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. Here she dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and reveals that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage.

The Power of Vulnerability is a very personal project for me,” Brené explains. “This is the first place that all of my work comes together. This audio course draws from all three of my books - it’s the culmination of everything I’ve learned over the past twelve years. I'm very excited to weave it all into a truly comprehensive form that shows what these findings and insights can mean in our lives.”

Guidance and Insights for Wholehearted Living

Over the past twelve years, Dr. Brené Brown has interviewed hundreds of people as part of an ongoing study of vulnerability. “The research shows that we try to ward disappointment with a shield of cynicism, disarm shame by numbing ourselves against joy, and circumvent grief by shutting off our willingness to love,” explains Dr. Brown. When we become aware of these patterns, she teaches, we begin to become conscious of how much we sacrifice in the name of self-defense -and how much richer our lives become when we open ourselves to vulnerability.

“In my research,” Dr. Brown says, “the word I use to describe people who can live from a place of vulnerability is wholehearted.” Being wholehearted is a practice—one that we can choose to cultivate through empathy, gratitude, and awareness of our vulnerability armor. Join this engaging and heartfelt teacher on The Power of Vulnerability as she offers profound insights on leaning into the full spectrum of emotions—so we can show up, let ourselves be seen, and truly be all in.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Cultivating shame resilience—the key to developing a sense of worth and belonging.
  • Vulnerability as the origin point for innovation, adaptability, accountability, and visionary leadership.
  • Our emotional armory - how we use perfectionism, numbing, and other tactics to avoid feeling vulnerable.
  • The myths of vulnerability - common misconceptions about weakness, trust, and self-sufficiency.
  • Discovering your vulnerability armor - recognizing what makes us shut down, and how we can change.
  • The 10 guideposts of wholehearted living - essential skills for becoming fully engaged in life.
  • Six hours of stories, warm humor, and transformative insights for living a life of courage, authenticity, and compassion from Dr. Brené Brown.

©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Brené Brown

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    Elaina Jersey City, NJ, United States 07-10-13
    Elaina Jersey City, NJ, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Wonderful!"

    I loved this talk. I have listened to, "The Gifts of Imperfection," "Daring Greatly," and her 2 hour talk on parenting. I think this talk is the best overall. If you only buy one of her downloads, I would buy this one. She covers all the topics in the other books. The format is great, Brene is a brilliant speaker. When you listen, it sounds like she is talking to you personally, not to a room full of people. (You can hear people laugh and clap, but the audio is recorded well and it is not annoying.) A great listen! One I will refer to many times when I need some guidance and an extra boost of confidence. Thanks Brene!

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    Colette Danville, AL, United States 08-08-13
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    "This is a MUST HAVE title from Brene Brown!"

    This audio book is a powerful live event, that encompasses Brene's entire volume of work. It captures her warmth, personality, and mastery of the subjects presented through touching stories and relevant humor. If you enjoyed her TED Talks, you'll LOVE this audio! It will change your perspective, your relationships, and your life! You will learn about yourself, and LOL in the process! I can't recommend this enough!! Get it! You won't regret it!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Chris C. Wagner Mankato, MN United States 06-27-13
    Chris C. Wagner Mankato, MN United States 06-27-13

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    "Informative, entertaining, transformative"
    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Brene Brown is a fantastic speaker. She conveys her information in a way that is easily digestible while still being entertaining. It is clear she is passionate about her work. Even though this was a speech/workshop, I felt like she was aware that I was part of her listening audience even if I wasn't present.


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

    The last two hours where she talked about wholehearted living were particularly useful. She gave examples of how to create a more wholehearted life.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this speech/workshop because Brene Brown talked about what all of her research since 2001 has revealed and what we can learn from it. She is a fantastic speaker. The information and her delivery of it was so gripping I didn't want to stop listening.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    The Children's Hour Academy LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 09-15-13
    The Children's Hour Academy LAKE OSWEGO, OR, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Educator of Young Children. Enjoy non-fiction and research based books on child development, developmental psychology.

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    "Powerful, Enjoyable, and Enlightening"

    This is my first Audible experience with Dr. Brown. Right from the start she captures your attention. She draws you in as if you were attending her seminar using humor, authentic stories, along with clear explanations of her research. Her explanation of "shame" and the control it has over our lives was a revelation beyond measure. I will add her other books to my collection. She is amazing and connects with her audience powerfully!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sadie United States 09-14-13
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    "The audio makes all the difference."
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Comforting, Insightful, Fun


    Have you listened to any of Brené Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. I wish she were the narrator of all her audiobooks. I want to buy more of them, but I'm afraid to be disappointed!


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

    Two things really struck me. The first was her assertion that we don't call shame "shame," and people want to avoid the subject. The second was her description of perfectionism as a "20-ton shield" we carry.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think reading this in print would even compare to the listening experience. I'd hear it in my own voice - and this message is something that I needed to be "told."

    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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    "A must listen to! For me anyway :)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    This book as Brene Brown's other book has help me understand why things come to my mind as they do. Being a man that's not wired to think about feelings and not even talk about them! This with her other books has realy help me to take and not be afraid to say how I feel about what ever. Thanks so much to Brene Brown for your work! and please don't stop looking and doing what you love.


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Linda locust grove, GA, United States 07-14-13
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    "very insightful"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    This was a live lecture. It had interaction with the audience and it didn't sound like it was just reading off facts


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    She was funny, insightful and really authentic in her communication style


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lou North York, Ontario, Canada 08-01-13
    Lou North York, Ontario, Canada 08-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Very well-spoken"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Vulnerability to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version, I believe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene Brown provided a lot of anecdotes - I loved how the recording wasn't based off a book but a bunch of different lectures. She's a very likeable and humorous person and I loved listening to her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of Vulnerability?

    I really learned a lot about shame/vulnerability and she provided a different lens for me to look at those things.


    Any additional comments?

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK. Seriously, Brene Brown is fantastic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    LoopyNoodle san francisco, ca 10-03-13
    LoopyNoodle san francisco, ca 10-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    Any additional comments?

    Brené Brown is fantastic! I loved her TED talk from a while back, and heard she had published a book (Daring Greatly) and found this when I looked for the book. I opted for this over the book because Brené is SUCH an engaging story teller, and from the snippet of Daring Greatly, it sounded like Siri was doing the narrating. This did not disappoint--AT ALL. She is witty, smart and so honest (even when the honesty isn't so pretty, like the cookie story). She has a way of making all of this seem so logical, and making us feel like we are all in it together. Sure, it's a little self-helpy, but in a really intellectual way, not in a preachy hand-holding new-agey way. I have recommended this to lots of friends. If you get nothing else out of it, at least you will enjoy Brené's hilarious stories. I will likely read Daring Greatly at some point, versus going the audiobook route, since I'd like to hear her energy and enthusiasm in my head when I read it.

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    Cassie Kerrville, TX, United States 09-15-13
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    "One of the best"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    The truth and realness of uncovering vulnerability. One of the best teachings I have heard. Delivered with facts, research, humor, love and vulnerability.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realness


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

    It will make you take a deep look into areas of your life with a new perspective. You will laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this for everyone. It is enlightening, refreshing, and healing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    "Great Stuff!"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, compelling, powerful


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Vulnerability?

    Any of Brené's personal anecdotes where she stands clearly in her own humanity - coffee crashing at home, fending off slimy busybodies in car pool line... There are many stories and all illustrate and enrich the concepts being drawn from her academic research.


    Have you listened to any of Brené Brown’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've watched the TED talks and some of an RSA talk, I'm reading the book 'Daring Greatly', but this audio is the best of all of it. Occasionally something gets lost because the listener can't see the gestures or facial expressions, but this is a minor disadvantage.


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

    Several - mostly the personal anecdotes that bring the ideas to life.


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  • noore
    6/10/14
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    "Brene Brown issimply amazing"
    What did you like most about The Power of Vulnerability?

    I never write reviews but Brene Brown is simply amazing.
    She uses grounded research which for me is the best. Her work is authentic and original and she has the courage to tackle the most difficult subjects and her findings are extremely valuable and definitely not the run of the mill, ordinary almost anticipated findings.
    On top of all of this it is an amazing experience to listen to her speak, Her authenticity, originality, humour, constant clear presentation, down to earth, matter of fact way makes her a joy to listen to, not to mention the huge benefits and relevancy of her excellent work to probably everyone.
    I cannot praise this woman and her work enough, she is simply genius.


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  • Marnie
    Hastings, United Kingdom
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    "Life changing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    The content is thought provoking and inspiring. I've listened to it three times and get more out of it each time. Also she is very funny and illustrates a lot of her points with stories from her own life - refreshing to hear somebody delivering this kind of material without coming from a place of superiority.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • ReviewerA
    Ireland
    12/12/13
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    "Not worth the money"
    Would you try another book written by Brené Brown or narrated by Brené Brown?

    For starters it is not a book but a recorded seminar. There is a lot of loughs, jokes, and time fillers very little substance for something costing £25+


    Has The Power of Vulnerability put you off other books in this genre?

    Not genre but possible the author. There are valid point made in the seminar but despite author claiming obsession with data there is little research mention and most of the topic are just glanced over.


    Did Brené Brown do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Not applicable.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power of Vulnerability?

    Laughs, oh ahs and other things that have little value for someone not physically participating in the seminar.


    Any additional comments?

    Some valid points but all covered on very high level, have the feeling that surface of the topics discussed was just but scratched. And it is not a book it is seminar.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Roisin
    Wellington, New Zealand
    12/1/13
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    "A must listen in your journey"

    She has great style talking about her subject and is an engaging narrator. It's not a heavy read but very thought provoking as I found myself stopping and observing the topics in my daily life. It is changing my approach to parenting and to my self feelings. I am also inspired and find it easy to follow an understand. I will listen to this again and again

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Pinner, United Kingdom
    11/13/13
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    "Life-enhancing. Thank you."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hell yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


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

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, it's wonderfully insightful and sometimes painfully true.I felt a much greater affinity with this book than with some of Brene's other work because I am not a facts and figures type of gal. This book, whilst still based on Brene's qualitative research, also contains lots of human stories which resonated with me. I love the way Brene herself was so courageously vulnerable in it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    Camborne, United Kingdom
    10/8/13
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    "Inspirational"
    What did you like most about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene speaks with humility, passion and strength. It was easy to connect with her and that she is "like me" and knows what living "in the real world" is like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Her humour


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

    I laughed a lot and was very inspired by much of what she spoke about. I journalled a lot and have shifted many things for myself thanks to the self awareness this book gave me.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roland Hesz
    London
    8/21/13
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    "It's amazingly funny, informative and serious"
    Any additional comments?

    It is an amazingly good talk about vulnerability, creativity, fun, shame and a ton of related things.
    Highlights most of the core problems present in any organisation, failing projects, families and how to solve them.

    And she is funny - all the stories, the presentations are funny, informative and very helpful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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