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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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    Andrea D. Breitman weehawken, nj United States 08-22-15
    Andrea D. Breitman weehawken, nj United States 08-22-15 Member Since 2014

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    "Life changer."

    Brene Brown's mode of thinking and expressing herself is absolutely life changing. I can only hope that books like hers are as contagious as a lot of the other information being ingested these days. Thank you Brene.

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    Leah 08-21-15
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    "Life-changing content!"

    This is an incredible journey into some transformative truths about how to live more whole lives. She paves the way for change into a way to live that is emotionally satisfying. It's like therapy condensed!

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    Lyndsey Horton 08-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Transformative"

    Everyone should listen to this. It is life-changing and a great aid to a better more whole-hearted life.

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    Kristen 08-17-15
    Kristen 08-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    I cannot say enough good things about this lecture! It has changed my life, I am less anxious, more grateful, and much more engaged than I ever have been. As a graduate student in clinical psychology and a clinician this work has also changed the way I practice for the better. All words of praise that come to mind regarding Dr Brown's work feel like an understatement. I highly, highly recommend.

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    Anna Lellelid Miami, Florida 08-16-15
    Anna Lellelid Miami, Florida 08-16-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Groundbreaking research and insights"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    Brene Brown is funny and she says things that sound like basic common sense but are incredibly paradigm shifting.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Vulnerability to and why?

    I would compare this book to Tattoos on the Heart by Father Greg Boyle because in each of these books the authors are giving life lessons and messages that I found I could come back to day after day. I wrote their messages down while I was listening because I found almost every statement to be a guidepost for my life.


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

    Brene Brown's discussion about how the wholehearted experience joy and lean into joy while those of us who are overwhelmed with shame end up immediately feeling guilty for any joyful experience or pleasurable experience we have. This message has really helped me because I have struggled continuously with the feeling that I do not deserve to be happy.


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    Louise Ballarat East, Australia 08-16-15
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    "Couldn't Recommend This More!! Life-Changing!"
    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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    Anna 08-15-15
    Anna 08-15-15
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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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    Stacey DeHoff 08-15-15 Member Since 2014
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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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    Hey Ray 08-13-15
    Hey Ray 08-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Listen. Love. Repeat."

    I love all of her work. This is a very comprehensive lecture series. highly recommend.

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    "Love the Author"

    Another great one from this insightful, genuine author! I enjoyed the casual discussion style of the book.

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    "Life changing book"

    This book allowed me to see life very differently and explore part of myself that I have not visited for a long time.
    This in turn allowed me to enjoy breakthrough.

    I cannot recommend it enough :)

    Thank you Dr Brené Brown

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  • Lynnette Wilkie
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    Well worth a listen - vulnerability is so key in our lives & can be so hard to embrace! Thank you for the recommendation K friend guru! 👍

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  • KarlK
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    "Funny, Informative, Compassionate"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Vulnerability to be better than the print version?

    Yes even though haven't read it, the tone of Brene's voice brings alot to the teachings


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

    The insight that vulnerability is courage


    What does Brené Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Personal experiences and authenticity of her voice


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

    Made me feel compassionate for myaself


    Any additional comments?

    Will be listening again, alot of very informative sections on how emotions work, I'm really interested in this and think its very important to understand these emotional responses in order to be able to understand that its normal and to be able to let go of bitterness

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  • noore
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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
  • 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.


    1 of 2 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.

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