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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 really enjoyed this series of talks. It felt like an extended TED talk where Brene fleshes out some of her concepts

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    Shobha V 10-20-15
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    "Deceptively simple title for so much wisdom"

    I'm going through a very tough period in my life and Brené Brown's "The Power of Vulnerability" has given me much to think about as I analyze how I got to this point, what I can do to get through it, and how I want to move forward as I heal and grow. Under the heading of vulnerability, the author packs a whole lot of very powerful concepts which she illustrates with beautifully recounted narratives from her own life. I'm all the way over here in Singapore and very far from her cultural context of Texas. But there's a universality to her material, at least in the way she has chosen to convey it, which resonates with me. Her voice reaches out to you with warmth and vibrates with love and understanding. I might not agree with all her definitions but within the parameters that she has set, I think she's done a great job of repackaging her academic research for a general public that is seeking answers to painful questions.

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    "Not a book but loved it."

    I was initially disappointed that this was a live recording of Brene Brown teaching, but ended up loving the content!

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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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    "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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    "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!


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    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 Brown is fantastic! I loved her TED talk from a while back, and heard she had published a book (Daring Greatly) and found this when I looked for the book. I opted for this over the book because Brené is SUCH an engaging story teller, and from the snippet of Daring Greatly, it sounded like Siri was doing the narrating. This did not disappoint--AT ALL. She is witty, smart and so honest (even when the honesty isn't so pretty, like the cookie story). She has a way of making all of this seem so logical, and making us feel like we are all in it together. Sure, it's a little self-helpy, but in a really intellectual way, not in a preachy hand-holding new-agey way. I have recommended this to lots of friends. If you get nothing else out of it, at least you will enjoy Brené's hilarious stories. I will likely read Daring Greatly at some point, versus going the audiobook route, since I'd like to hear her energy and enthusiasm in my head when I read it.

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    Shyam 02-24-16
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    Though the content suited a pan aged audience. It was more relatable for someone who is married and having children.

    I am 10 years too young to hear this now

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    This is one of the most entertaining and insightful books I've listened to. Highly recommend to just about anyone.

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    Brene strikes the perfect balance between informative, funny and emotionally moving storytelling. I also loved the style, with an audience there, thought it made it very engaging. would highly recommend.

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    Thought provoking and surprisingly funny. Brené Brown delivers insight into her statistical findings with an incredibly warm and charismatic style.

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    Real, funny, warm & genuinely useful. Eye opening and encouraging, never judgemental and totally relatable. Will listen again and recommend to others X

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    "Loved it!"

    Reading Brene Brown's work is challenging, thought provoking and crucial for me. It's awesome to hear her deliver her work. She is passionate, present, real and funny. A handbook for a fulfilled life. Thank you Brene.

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    "The Power to change your life"

    Brene Brown's work, books, and audios have genuinely changed how I live my life. Spoken in a warm, funny, and real way she brings her research and work to life with her own anecdotes.
    The topics of shame, vulnerability and empathy are what every school, workplace, and home
    need to hear and discuss. I can't recommend this enough. I listened to it immediately again I was that enthralled.

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    "Fantastic and enlightening."

    Absolutely superb. Brene leads you gently to explore the topic of shame and many of the areas we hold ourselves back in because of what's going on beneath the surface. A wonderful sense of humour really brings this to life. Highly recommended.

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    "Humourous and insightful"

    Although there are some negative reviews because it's a live recording, Brene's humour and insight make it and engaging listening experience. Her topic of Shame, vulnerability and whole hearted living are necessary topics to improve relationships with others and ourselves.

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    7/31/16
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    "Shame is nothing to be ashamed of. Awesome!"

    Brene your style is natural, very easy to understand and engaging.
    This audio book has helped me a lot. Emotions are complex and ordinary people usually lack the skill to untangle and get to the bottom of issues in our daily lives. You have explained it so well . I can definitely say I'll be listening to this more than once and will be checking out your other books too.

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    7/30/16
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    "Speechless"

    I'm a bit of a brené groupie so I'm very biased and despite it being a little pricer (cheaper on iTunes) then your average audio, it is without doubt one of the best purchases I've made this year, and I've actually bought all her books so..

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