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The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and 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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    I just loved the message and the honest storytelling. Candid, frank, and honest coaching.

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    This is by far the most powerful audio book I have ever listened to. I recommend sharing this experience with a close friend. Wonderful.

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    "Soothed my soul even better than Ben & Jerry's!!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and ended it with a smile and realistically hopeful ways to calm the chaos in my life (and head). I CAN be the better person I've always wanted to be!
    Loved loved loved the narration by the author, laughed when she laughed and at times teared up because I know very well what it's like to be lost in shame. Thank you, Dr. Brown, for showing me how to recognize and deal with that very counterproductive thought process. I live with major depression and generalized anxiety disorder and your words have helped me to feel better and more hopeful. HUGE accomplishment. HUGE.

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    "So funny and very enlightening"

    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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    greatly enjoyed it. most memorable moment was learning that people shame in order avoid feeling guilt.

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    Mostly covers the same ground as her book, Daring Greatly. Great energy, informal style, author's own voice, all help it work even better for me than the audiobook itself.

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    "This conversation is long overdue! KUDOS!! <3 Brene!"

    As a whole-hearted person..... yeah right! No really. I made it through the quagmire of conditioning, indoctrination, foibles, and folly. And even so, I laughed til I cried as I listened to this book,

    Our culture is so set on looking cool, that it sacrifices authenticity, truth, and courage to be so. For so many Americans, our hearts seldom get to soar, and our dreams lie dead, or are barely remembered.

    In this book we find the courage to be - messy, emotionally all over the place, and in the end... real.

    Hearing Brene's Texas twang fills my heart with joy, for as she describes her life and foibles, I hear my own, not shamed into smallness, but reveals as the warp and weft of a life truly worth living.

    My advice - buy this. Buy several copies and give them to anyone you know - for all will find acceptance within these ideas, grace within these pages, and the love of life within Brene's words.

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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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    Incredible work. Brené Brown is a mesmerising speaker; funny, frank, gentle and honest. The content is life changing.

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    Fantastic book. Not something I would have normally read but was recommended by a friend. Would suggest everyone can take something from this!

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    Absolutely love the way that Brene Brown talks and is so open about shame and vulnerability. We're
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    I'm so disappointed I've finished it ... so I'm going to listen to it again all over again. Beene, you are my hero. Thanks!

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    an research lead thought piece on our society and the way shame and vulnerability affect it and us.

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    I think this topic is very interesting and helps you take note of your own and others behaviour

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    an evidence based and scientifically rigorous guide on how to make your life (and the world) better. distilled down to nuggets of entertaining, funny, relatable and endearing stories encased in sensible facts.

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    "The best thing I have heard in a long time."

    I literally have no words for how good this is. but I have to have 20 words min. BEST. BOOK. EVER.

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    "My personal No1 most illuminating audiobook"

    Brene Brown is my idol and this audiobook is the best thing that could have happened to me in the last few weeks. She takes feelings that I've had, or conclusions I've reached while reflecting, and packages them up in a beautifully structured and defined way that enables them to be shared. In my opinion her work is of global importance and this is one of those books that I won't shut up about until everybody I know has listened to it!

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