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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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    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.

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    I learned a lot about myself and the dangers of perfectionism. Also laughed out loud many many times. I'm very grateful I got to hear Brené and her work.

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    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene Brown speaks about vulnerability from a place of courage and authenticity. She is funny, a wonderful storyteller, and just plain real and upfront about what we hide from ourselves and others. I already feel more confident, whole and true to myself as I remember the truth about vulnerability and its gifts.


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

    This book has made me burst out laughing multiple times:)


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    Amazing! Life changing! Truly a gift to the world. I highly recommend this audio book.

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    Where does The Power of Vulnerability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In my top 10 of all time


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brene Brown because she's the only person in the seminar!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    "Sooo awesome!"

    Brené made me cry and laugh and think about living in a whole new way. This was just awesome and both really beautiful and inspiring!

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    "Life changing and entertaining"

    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!

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    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!!

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    Brene Brown is amazing. She has incredible insights into American culture and where we fall flat in terms of understanding what truly matters. I love her authenticity and her willingness to share her own stories, which always made me laugh. She's incredibly funny without meaning to be. I highly recommend this book!

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    "the power of vulnerability"

    Entertaining delivery, however very vague in terms of steps to change.
    It shed light but didn't help.

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    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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    I laughed out loud as i recognised my self in so many of her story - she is so open and honest its refreshing.


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    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    deep, emotional, healing


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not your everyday self- help book, no "how- to" guide. It takes you on a deep and emotional quest, yet staying realistic and relatable. It will hit home with so many of us, that need a bit of clarity and tools to set some behaviours into context.


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    Absolutely love it. Love the information. Love the style. Absolutely brilliant. Its inspired me to buy more of your books and listen to them. Acting goofy right now on a park swing with ice cream in my hand. Thanks. :)

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  • Sheila
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    "Powerful and empowering"

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    Thought provoking, full of humanity and real truths about the human condition. Thank you Brene Browne. Lots to work on!

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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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    "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?

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    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.

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    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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Laura Shabani
    10/2/15
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    "Been listening almost on repeat"

    Although this is more listening to a conference I have found this really thought provoking, smile generating and addictive. I love listening to Brene talk. Recently got the gifts of imperfection as well on audible and was disappointed to find that she didn't read it. (Shopper blindness)

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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