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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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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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    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.

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    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene Brown is a fantastic presenter who walks the talk and talks the walk of vulnerability.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene Brown's delivery of her own content.


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

    Excellent.


    What did you learn from The Power of Vulnerability that you would use in your daily life?

    I'm more healthily aware of blame, shame, guilt, embarrassment and vulnerability and becoming better at caring for myself as well as others.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommending this to everyone I love.

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    "Expanded TED talk"

    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.

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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 6 people found this review helpful
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    "Inspiring and funny"
    Would you listen to The Power of Vulnerability again? Why?

    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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  • Paolo
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    "Very helpful if you want to know something more about yourself"

    This is the recording of one of Brené workshop, it is going through many aspects of vulnerability, from Shame to Joy.

    It is amazing how our behaviour is predictable.

    I'd definitely suggest listing it.

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    The powerful message that is told throughout this book is heightened by the author's tone and humour - on point. I would highly recommend listening to this book.

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

    Funny, insightful and inspiring!


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

    There were many bits. Brene talks about the importance of play for adults and also the importance of laughter, song and dance in making us happy.


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

    I have never listened to Brene Brown before, but a friend recommended her books. I knew she was an inspiring speaker as I have seen her TED Talks. This audiobook is a series of presentations she has given at a conference. Do not be put off by this, it is really really good. I listened to the whole book in one sitting. Brilliant. So easy to listen to and very thought-provoking. I will definitely listen to this audiobook again.


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

    It is very funny. I was howling.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommended. Loved it!

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    6/8/15
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    "very good quality book"
    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mza2000
    5/11/15
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    "Brilliant book!"

    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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  • Tamsin
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    "listened to it twice so far"

    and I Look forward to listening to it again. A lot of laughter makes the subject very approachable. everyone should listen to this.

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  • J. Saleh
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    4/11/15
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    "Eye opener to a new concept"

    Brene's sense of humour , tone of voice made the topic joyful
    Worth listening too ..
    She introduced concept of " shame" which was once overlooked .. All of a sudden I realised how many times I bit my fingers over things that are silly and purely to please others.. All in all , good listen

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mary
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    "Simply Amazing!!"
    Would you listen to The Power of Vulnerability again? Why?

    100% over and over again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have listened to all the TED talks and I was hesitant about listening to this because I thought it would contain the same material, however, this by far outweighs all the others! I love the way she delivers an important moral message using anecdotes that will have you laughing out loud, literally!


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

    This is the best of them all.


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

    no, I wanted it to last a week, but I did it in three days.


    Any additional comments?

    If you listen there will be some laughter and maybe some tears, all whilst helping you become the best you. Takes notes, it's sooooo worth it!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    3/25/15
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    "Life changing stuff."

    This was life changing stuff for me.
    Well worth 6 hours of your time.
    Insightful and very very funny.

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