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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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    "Secular preaching"

    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!


    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 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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    "Over matured teachings "

    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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    "One of the best books I've read in a long time"

    Brene Brown is a shame researcher. She recounts through her research on shame how that impacted her own life, or rather how the data she discovered hijacked her and brought her through a year of soul searching. The areas she covers are shame, wholeheartedness and of course vulnerability.

    This is not a dry academic book that contains boring data and statistics, rather Brene reveals through the
    Data and the areas I've mentioned above how those areas influence our lives and the lives of others.

    She explains well how vulnerability is misunderstood and unpacks what can be good and bad about it, but above all why it's necessary.

    As this was the audible version it was a series of talks she did. She speaks on tricky subjects with humour, compassion, sensitivity and honesty. She was not afraid to be open about her own experiences. She comes up with some great definitions too.

    I loved this book because it was so unique, refreshing and above all resonates truth.

    Finally you can't read this book without it touching you personally.




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    "Loved it!"

    Brene is so engaging. I laughed and cried like a mad woman in my car listening to this. She is so on point that i dont think anyone would struggle to find something to take away from this talk

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  • Ollie Chapman
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    "Brilliant"

    I haven't enjoyed this book, I've loved it. I highly recommend it, Brene Brown is brilliant and possibly my new favourite Author, researcher on living life to the fullest. I've laughed endless times and been teary eyed from how close to home much of this information has been for me.

    The book finishes with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt called "the man in the arena" it is my favourite of all time and this book epitomises it. Show up, put yourself out there, dare greatly, and know win or lose at least you tried and lived with authenticity, rather than sat on the fence of life and played it safe never experiencing what life truly has to offer.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie Lawlor
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    "So full of wisdom"

    I came to Brene through her Ted Talks and Rsa Shorts and this recording built on from these. An enormous amount to take in and so many moments where I had to stop and reflect as I processed new information and so much resonated at a deep level for me. I love Brene's work.

    I will need to re listen to really take in everything because of the range and depth of the content.

    I think this work is life changing, thank you Brene.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Roisin
    Wellington, New Zealand
    12/1/13
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    "A must listen in your journey"

    She has great style talking about her subject and is an engaging narrator. It's not a heavy read but very thought provoking as I found myself stopping and observing the topics in my daily life. It is changing my approach to parenting and to my self feelings. I am also inspired and find it easy to follow an understand. I will listen to this again and again

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ozpiper
    London, United Kingdom
    11/25/13
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    "Great Stuff!"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Authentic, compelling, powerful


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

    Any of Brené's personal anecdotes where she stands clearly in her own humanity - coffee crashing at home, fending off slimy busybodies in car pool line... There are many stories and all illustrate and enrich the concepts being drawn from her academic research.


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

    I've watched the TED talks and some of an RSA talk, I'm reading the book 'Daring Greatly', but this audio is the best of all of it. Occasionally something gets lost because the listener can't see the gestures or facial expressions, but this is a minor disadvantage.


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

    Several - mostly the personal anecdotes that bring the ideas to life.


    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • MarkPT
    10/9/15
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    "Great topics"

    Recorded in front of a live audience - it's a great setting for the many stories and emotions covered. As a coach it gave plenty of stories and topics I can use and well worth listening of hire liking to seek or share compassion, vulnerability, shame and guilt without holding onto them!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Ms.
    8/23/15
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    "enlightening and uplifting"

    loved it. have listened to it over and over again....and I mean over and over and over. :-) best thing I've done for myself in a long time.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denmark
    3/28/16
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    "Life Changing For Me"

    Brent Brown's talk on shame & shame resilience changed the way I think about myself and have ever thought about myself....

    Brené's use of humour makes it easy to confront a subject that tears into your very soul is life-refreshing...

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Say
    3/27/16
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    "the power of vulnerability"

    Entertaining delivery, however very vague in terms of steps to change.
    It shed light but didn't help.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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