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The Power of Vulnerability Speech

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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    Pamela HONOLULU, HI, United States 09-04-13
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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    snmeadors 02-16-15
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    "A challenging and funny book"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lou North York, Ontario, Canada 08-01-13
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    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.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    I strongly recommend this to any fragile, imperfect human being living in the world right now.

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    I can't imagine anyone who would not benefit from this program. I am sending it as a gift to my daughters.

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    "Wonderful listen! Highly Recommend!"

    This book is made up of groupings of Brene's talks live at a Conference and it combines a lot of her different talks on topics you may have heard, but so worth another listen.
    Great stories, great lessons, and rehashing some things I have already heard her say, but ring truer each time I hear them.
    "Unused creativity is NOT benign".
    Wonderfully heartfelt and made better by the authors own live talking. This is not a scripted book read by the author which makes this unique and easier to listen to again and again

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    If you have a family, job, or friends you should listen to this! She goes over great ways to increase your overall happiness and confidence in life.

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    "Best heartfelt dialogue about the human experience"

    Brené Brown dives into deep heartfelt human experiences with love and compassion. She shares excellent stories (some personal) of shame, stuggle, empathy, vulnerability and bravery. This is a must listen to talk for everyone who struggles with shame, boundaries and showing up for themselves.

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    Omg Brene Brown is my new superhero. So real, valid, and brave. Thank you for the work you do!

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    This was an eye opening experience. Thank you so much for this. Couldn't have come at A better time in my life

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Vulnerability to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but Brene Brown has such a calming and amusing delivery of her messages that you have to keep stopping yourself from just enjoying the stories if you actually want to take some content away for the future.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    The way the research is backed up with every day incidents and moments that we can identify with makes the talk extremely compelling. She talk authenticity and she walks the walk completely. That sense of someone giving of themselves is something we can all feel at a very fundamental level. Though some of us may have more or less to be looking for in terms of the help this work may offer, that judgement is suspended entirely and blown away by the down to earth delivery and connection that is made.


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    So many things going on both in my life and the lives of those I care for made me reach out to this book. There was no disappointment. Not self help in that awful way that can make you feel even more broken that before you started, and with humour that is so often lacking in 'therapeutic' tomes. The content is interesting, challenging and hopeful but no need to suspend your sense of humour about the world. Both interesting and enjoyable. Thanks, just what I needed.


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    Teaching, storytelling, sharing. Brené is at her best. Courageous, vulnerable and really, really funny. Be prepared to laugh out loud while you listen and learn!

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    I loved this series of talks. It's a great reminder of what we're really aiming for in a world that encourages us so often to look in the wrong direction. Brene Brown is a n entertaining raconteur and presents a lot of insight from her extensive research in a funny and accessible way.

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    "Incredible, inspiring and transformative lectures!"

    I absolutely loved listening to Brene Brown's talks, every single second of the way through! I laughed, I cried and - most importantly - I grew! M life will forever be richer because of this audio book and I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone who wants to expand their capacity for joy, compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, vulnerability, creativity and love!

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    Brilliant. Heart warming, right provoking and potentially life transforming. I literally devoured this audiobook and I've no doubt I'll listen to it again and again. Huge thumbs up for Brene Brown.

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    This is the first thing I've listened to by Brene Brown and it was profound and brilliantly entertaining. I laughed out loud a lot and learned a lot about myself. I can highly recommend

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    "Brene Brown is truly inspirational. "

    Narrated by Brene herself. This talk is addictive. Brene has got me through some difficult situations and I am forever grateful for that. Highly recommended this to anyone who is open to become a wholehearted person. Down to the ground, personal and honest. Absolutely brilliant !

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    "Great work"

    She has given so much to think about. She has used simple language and made this hard topic so enjoyable with her wit. Loved it and looking forward to more of her work.

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