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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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    Listened to it many times and have received and enormous amount from it. Highly recommend it.

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    I will be listening to this audiobook AT LEAST once a month until I have it memorized. Thank you so much Brene Brown for your beautiful work, and willingness to dare greatly as we start this conversation.

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    This was the most worthwhile audiobook (or book of any kind) that I've ever experienced. I mean, I know there's such thing as runner's high, but book high? Wow...unexpected. Brené is lively, vulnerable, flawed, and so brave and human in her talks that it really helped me to feel more comfortable opening up. The many laughs I had and lessons I learned were so valuable, so deeply valuable. It's worth saying that it really works in terms of "me too" instead of "how to." So while it lacked the precise instruction some may feel they need, it didn't feel like anything was missing for me. We all have different lives and ways of doing things, so we can't all use the same "how to." But having someone, in such a heartfelt and humorous way, say "me too?" Well, for me, it made taking that walk into vulnerability just a bit easier...which made such a difference for me on my personal journey. This will not tell you that you can avoid vulnerability, it will not give you an easy way out. What it will do is show that we're all in this boat together, we're not alone, so when taking these hard steps into vulnerability, even if someone laughs or we make a fool of ourselves, it's okay. We don't have to be perfect, we don't have to try to be perfect, and why would we want to, when we have nothing to prove anyway? Many heartfelt thanks to the author for her funny, beautiful insight into life, I'm truly grateful.

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    Provocative, touching, funny, Brene is truly a spiritual facilitator opening the listener up to to a pathway for becoming more conscious, and a better person better equipped to be honest with themselves and others.

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    "Love it even more than Daring Greatly! Always do your own audio, Brene! You're fabulous, just as you are!"

    Love it even more than Daring Greatly! Always do your own audio, Brene! You're fabulous, just as you are!

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    "Bravo, Brené!"

    Brené Brown is an absolute joy to listen to. She's funny, witty and truly inspiring.

    Brené spoke about some of the very obstacles (perfectionism and vulnerability) I struggle with day-to-day. She provided the guidance necessary to identify where my struggles stemmed from as well as how to work to overcome them. I highly recommend downloading this audiobook.

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    I loved it. Glad it's narrated by Brene Brown.
    It's very relatable and very insightful.

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    "fantastic insight!"

    This was wonderfully presented with humor and deep insights. I'll listen to this over and over again. I learned so much.

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    There needs to either be a video component, or Dr. Brown needs to be more mindful of her listening audience by describing what she is doing consistently

    Other than that, wonderful!

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    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.

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