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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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    Louise Ballarat East, Australia 08-16-15
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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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    DeadDork Santa Barbara, Ca 08-02-15
    DeadDork Santa Barbara, Ca 08-02-15
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    "There are a lot of gold nuggets, but it's still self-help"

    I listened to this on a long drive. I though that the central message that people should be more vulnerable was compelling. That said, real strength, character, maturity, and wisdom come from being able to be vulnerable, and she didn't go much past that being vulnerable is good for you. Also, she talked far too much about her life and her family, which was a bit obnoxious. I know it's supposed to show that she not only knows this theoretically, but has also lived it, but she would have been far better served by simply providing paradigmatic examples that weren't weighed down by all the baggage that comes from making it personal. Overall, I learned some very neat things, and I'm happy I listened to the lecture series, as I found a lot of good stuff to incorporate into my own life.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    tracy 08-07-14
    tracy 08-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Insightful and Really Funny"

    Brene Brown is amazing. She has incredible insights into American culture and where we fall flat in terms of understanding what truly matters. I love her authenticity and her willingness to share her own stories, which always made me laugh. She's incredibly funny without meaning to be. I highly recommend this book!

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    LoopyNoodle san francisco, ca 10-03-13
    LoopyNoodle san francisco, ca 10-03-13 Member Since 2012
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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.

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela HONOLULU, HI, United States 09-04-13
    Pamela HONOLULU, HI, United States 09-04-13
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    "So worth it"
    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cassie Kerrville, TX, United States 09-15-13
    Cassie Kerrville, TX, United States 09-15-13 Member Since 2016
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    "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
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    bridget 08-02-13
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    "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.

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    "very insightful"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    This was a live lecture. It had interaction with the audience and it didn't sound like it was just reading off facts


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    She was funny, insightful and really authentic in her communication style


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    Rakkhi 05-29-16
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    "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

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    Jamie 02-08-16
    Jamie 02-08-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Inspiring, hilarious, honest, and oh so helpful"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene Brown is an amazing speaker. She is honest and hilarious, she is a great story teller. She uses her stories as examples in how to see vulnerability not as weakness, but as a strength. Take risks, be empathetic, learn to love yourself, appreciate and enjoy life!


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  • Ollie Chapman
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    9/22/15
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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.

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  • EMMA
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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

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie Lawlor
    Birmingham, England
    9/16/15
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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
  • tee pee
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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.




    13 of 14 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
  • Bardoville
    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
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    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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