We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
The Power of Vulnerability Speech

The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage

Regular Price:$34.28
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.9 (9745 )
5 star
 (8712)
4 star
 (800)
3 star
 (143)
2 star
 (47)
1 star
 (43)
Overall
4.8 (8529 )
5 star
 (7534)
4 star
 (761)
3 star
 (153)
2 star
 (47)
1 star
 (34)
Story
4.9 (8604 )
5 star
 (7748)
4 star
 (647)
3 star
 (141)
2 star
 (34)
1 star
 (34)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Cassie Kerrville, TX, United States 09-15-13
    Cassie Kerrville, TX, United States 09-15-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of the best"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    The truth and realness of uncovering vulnerability. One of the best teachings I have heard. Delivered with facts, research, humor, love and vulnerability.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The realness


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

    It will make you take a deep look into areas of your life with a new perspective. You will laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this for everyone. It is enlightening, refreshing, and healing.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    bridget 08-02-13
    bridget 08-02-13
    HELPFUL VOTES
    83
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    104
    30
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    8
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Expanded TED talk"

    Five years ago I heard her speak at a conference, and enjoy her ways of knowing and her choice of qualitative research. Her choices expands the field away from evidenced-based practice - Finally! She is one of my favorite researchers.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rakkhi 05-29-16
    Rakkhi 05-29-16 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good if questionable on the research"

    Good listen. Her stories are great and moving. The messages are powerful. One part of me is always questioning the research by interview and grounded theory that she refers to a lot to back her up. There are no figures ever given so not sure how much of this is science vs wishful thinking

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leslie 12-30-15
    Leslie 12-30-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Living Authentically or 'Being Real'"

    Brene shares the thoughts and feelings of our inner lives, the lives we may not be transparent or aware of. When we do understand it, it open our reality with and to our world. Thank you Brene!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Errol Briarwood, NY, United States 12-09-15
    Errol Briarwood, NY, United States 12-09-15 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    36
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not a book but her talks"

    Just needs to be more factual. Personal anecdotes are nice but not enough real information here

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    judy 11-27-15
    judy 11-27-15 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Got a few good morsels"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    My husband told me to get this audiobook saying, "it really does not apply to you because you have very little shame but you might understand me better". So I did. To my delight I got a few great morsels for myself too.

    The author has a pleasant voice and tells great stories. Rarely do I listen to a self help book, and even more rarely do I laugh out loud and learn something. I do believe she has a winning formula.


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

    The story about the cookies.


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

    Her intonation and great story telling ability.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of Vulnerability?

    Everyone has shame issues and always will it is a matter of trying not to have too many.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Nice Girl 11-25-15
    Nice Girl 11-25-15

    jstar

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Does that Make Sense?"in Every Paragraph Ruined It"
    What didn’t you like about Brené Brown’s performance?

    I wanted to love this book as it came to me highly recommended. But after listening to about 45 minutes, i simply couldn't listen to any more of the authors use of what seemed like a nervous language tick when she would ask rhetorically every other sentence, "Does that make sense?" Of course it made sense, what didn't make sense was her senseless use of that phrase. It reminded me of a valley girl repeatedly using the word "like" at the beginning of her sentences. For that reason, it was difficult to listen to, and I didn't find the material all that interesting or surprising, but I'm giving it four stars for overall and story, because the issue of shame is big for a lot of people and I can see how it might be perceived as revolutionary to some. Maybe I could've had a different experience if I had read the book. But now that I have "Does that make sense? Does that make sense?" etched in my brain, I don't think I ever will.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joseph Jonathan Walker 11-12-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    10
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Doesn't resonate with me."

    Its only like 5 chapters in this book that resonated with me. In this book she is having a conversation and not really being direct on a lit of topics. I guess Im one of those puerile that enjoy "how to" books and this is not one of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donald W Harkins Jr. 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inspiring and Actionable"

    This is a TED Talk on steroids and the best 6 hours of audio I've ever heard. Chock full of research supported with personal experiences, Brene' Brown delivered a fantastic performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marwa 10-23-15
    Marwa 10-23-15
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "It contains interesting psychological definitions"

    to who interested in psychology, you may love this book. but this is not me..

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
Sort by:
  • Sara
    8/8/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. P. A. A. Banjo
    London, UK
    8/2/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • wondering
    7/31/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cree
    7/30/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Abs
    Birmingham, United Kingdom
    7/25/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Insightful and funny"

    I assumed that this would be a book, I wasn't expecting the presentation format but it worked well. I found myself laughing frequently but also moved to tears at times. The stories shared really added to the experience.

    I'm so glad I had the opportunity to listen and engage in such an interesting area, vulnerability.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Madeleine Duncan-Booth
    7/21/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brilliant"

    This is a recording of Brene Brown speaking. Thought provoking, funny, sad and just fabulous! I will be listening again in the future.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    7/19/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Life changing"

    A truly inspirational book, narrated fantastically by a great presenter. I listened intently to every word and intend to dare greatly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S R CHAMBERLAIN
    7/18/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Brené Brown"

    So good I intend to listen through this many more times.
    The only thing I felt I missed out on a little was the 'visual' element of these talks, I thoroughly enjoyed these talks. despite that.
    Entertaining and full of meaning and humanity. Lots of food for thought in a down to earth way.
    i will be looking for more of Brent Brown's work, I have 2 of her Audible books already.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matt
    7/10/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "So Many Take Aways!"

    I've loved listening to this over the past week! Brene approaches self development in a light and funny way. There's so many things that you will pick up that'll change your life for the better. I 100% recommend getting it now!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Paul King
    UK
    7/8/16
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Very interesting!"

    Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this talk! Not a conventional book more of a talk but well structured and well researched information!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.