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.
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In my top 10 of all time
Brene Brown because she's the only person in the seminar!
This is an audiobook/seminar that should be listened to by every person on earth (in my humble opinion). What Brene Brown offers via her research into shame and vulnerability has changed my life, and I believe it has the capacity to change the way all people relate to themselves and to others. It is extremely powerful. The way Brene presents the information is engaging, humourous and practical - it can be applied immediately in your life. This audio presentation has changed my life and I have listened to it multiple times. Thank you!
Brene makes you feel better about the things you do that you were embarrassed to share with others. For me it's random grocery store dance moves and the cry that ends up a laugh.
I called my best friend at various points in the book with some "you should read this, because we aren't as crazy as we thought" moments!
I could definitely do a better job living a whole hearted life, so thanks Brene for providing the guideposts!
This book has made such a meaningful impact on me and my life. I urge the listener to listen in small chunks then take the time to reflect. There were several moments that reduced me to tears.
Also, I am a 46 year old male attorney. The concepts Brene Brown talks about are universal.
I painted my bathroom this weekend. I wanted to listen to something great as I worked. Coming across this book was the best unplanned read that I've ever had. Halfway through I recommended it to nearly everyone I know. So great, on point, and terribly and terrifically relatable!!
This is one of the best books I have ever heard. It challenges you, while at the same time teaching you in real and sometimes hilarious ways why authenticity and vulnerability are so important to being the real you and living a full life.
Brene Brown is a fantastic presenter who walks the talk and talks the walk of vulnerability.
Brene Brown's delivery of her own content.
I'm more healthily aware of blame, shame, guilt, embarrassment and vulnerability and becoming better at caring for myself as well as others.
Recommending this to everyone I love.
Five years ago I heard her speak at a conference, and enjoy her ways of knowing and her choice of qualitative research. Her choices expands the field away from evidenced-based practice - Finally! She is one of my favorite researchers.
There is no print version, I believe.
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.
I really learned a lot about shame/vulnerability and she provided a different lens for me to look at those things.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK. Seriously, Brene Brown is fantastic.
Authentic, compelling, powerful
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.
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.
Several - mostly the personal anecdotes that bring the ideas to life.
Brene is so engaging. I laughed and cried like a mad woman in my car listening to this. She is so on point that i dont think anyone would struggle to find something to take away from this talk
"One of the best books I've read in a long time"
Brene Brown is a shame researcher. She recounts through her research on shame how that impacted her own life, or rather how the data she discovered hijacked her and brought her through a year of soul searching. The areas she covers are shame, wholeheartedness and of course vulnerability.
This is not a dry academic book that contains boring data and statistics, rather Brene reveals through the
Data and the areas I've mentioned above how those areas influence our lives and the lives of others.
She explains well how vulnerability is misunderstood and unpacks what can be good and bad about it, but above all why it's necessary.
As this was the audible version it was a series of talks she did. She speaks on tricky subjects with humour, compassion, sensitivity and honesty. She was not afraid to be open about her own experiences. She comes up with some great definitions too.
I loved this book because it was so unique, refreshing and above all resonates truth.
Finally you can't read this book without it touching you personally.
"Powerful and empowering"
Thought provoking, full of humanity and real truths about the human condition. Thank you Brene Browne. Lots to work on!
"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
"Life-enhancing. Thank you."
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.
"Bravo Brené Brown"
Everyone I know would benefit from listening to this clear, concise guide to cutting through the crap and living wholeheartedly.
"enlightening and uplifting"
loved it. have listened to it over and over again....and I mean over and over and over. :-) best thing I've done for myself in a long time.
"Genius in putting across powerful messages simply"
Phenomenal and no nonense approach for recovering from shame.
Story in the mall with the beautiful women
Giving a happiness speech at New Conservative country club in George Bush land
It was great for releasing shame
Read it. It's funny and it's medicine. You might quit your job after it. You might start that project you've been putting off for years.
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