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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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    I am greatly touched by this work. I enjoyed the openness and understanding of what Brene Brown offered to the listener. This gives me something to work on and with, in my own life, to be myself and happy.

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    Levy 06-19-15
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    Really eye opening and moving. Warrants repeated listening. Great message America having a culture of scarcity.

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    "A breath of fresh reality"

    When someone can inspire the courage to not only accept oneself with all her gifts and quirks but celebrate them and encourage them with others, then reading is time well spent. Embracing the truths that one is enough is a theme I saw. I don't think the intention was to be complacent in acceptance of oneself but to love others and to be loved by others using and growing the gifts we have. If we can lay aside the need to look perfect and live LIFE instead of surviving it, I think we are hearing Brene's message. This works and holds weight because this lady lives the words she speaks admitting her imperfections and even using them in vulnerability to help others grow. What sweet words that can connect us with the person God designed is to be as we grow in our gifts and accept our short comings.

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    annie massey 06-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "What every person, everywhere needs to hear....."

    As an adult child of an alcholic and codependent parents, Brene's research, information and guideposts are invaluable to me and others struggling to acknowledge and ultimately heal from our childhood upbringing-wrought with belittling, shame and dysfunction. As a parent, I am re-parenting myself and therefore, changing the course of my children's view of themselves for the better. This comes with the help of Brene Browns research- I thank the Lord for her own vunerability, persistence and passion in this arena!

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    "A must listen for dudes"

    Vulnerability is not just for softies, I've been convinced for a while now that it has more to do with being a man than most societal norms will lead you to believe. This talk from Brene not only confirms that but provides whole hearted stories and evidence that our cultural norms are not only backwards but doing a great deal of harm to everyone walking the planet. I would consider this a must read for everyone, especially dudes since we tend to have the hardest time with vulnerability.

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    "She makes the world a better place. A true contributor and a joy to listen to"

    Brene is simply amazing and is one of the rare people with a well rounded style that combined with own authenticity, allow her to reach millions on some very very important core human issues. She makes me feel better. So grateful. And PLEASE narrate you own work, Brene. Without your voice and humor it's just not the same fun. Still great work, but I buy the audible version because it's you--not the case for most authors. You have a gift--I'd rather wait if it's a pain to do?! No Alcatraz!

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    "Fantastic!"

    Love Brown and her ability to be candid. This book is great for anyone trying to figure out how to let down their guard.

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    Dale Dreher 06-13-15 Member Since 2013

    Husband and Father of 2 boys, live in Los Angeles, been listening to books on tape for decades, mostly non-fiction.

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    I would say this is a must read for adult children of alcoholics recovering addicts and alcoholics anyone and anyone who has ever suffered from a low self-esteem. this book has put me on a whole new path. I thank you for being vulnerable for us readers and sharing this with us. also your Ted talks have been very helpful to me I am very grateful for this work.

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    "I have learned so much about living wholeheartedly"

    Wonderful, Wonderful! Real people rock! Brene's Work will change your life! This is great for parents especially, however, all will benefit from her research! I appreciate hearing her present her material rather than a narrator!

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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.


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    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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    "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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  • Sheila
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    "Powerful and empowering"

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    Thought provoking, full of humanity and real truths about the human condition. Thank you Brene Browne. Lots to work on!

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  • Roisin
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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

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  • Lisa
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    "Life-enhancing. Thank you."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hell yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favourite?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, it's wonderfully insightful and sometimes painfully true.I felt a much greater affinity with this book than with some of Brene's other work because I am not a facts and figures type of gal. This book, whilst still based on Brene's qualitative research, also contains lots of human stories which resonated with me. I love the way Brene herself was so courageously vulnerable in it.

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  • Amazon Customer
    6/8/15
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    "very good quality book"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    deep, emotional, healing


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not your everyday self- help book, no "how- to" guide. It takes you on a deep and emotional quest, yet staying realistic and relatable. It will hit home with so many of us, that need a bit of clarity and tools to set some behaviours into context.


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  • mza2000
    5/11/15
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    "Brilliant book!"

    Absolutely love it. Love the information. Love the style. Absolutely brilliant. Its inspired me to buy more of your books and listen to them. Acting goofy right now on a park swing with ice cream in my hand. Thanks. :)

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  • Tamsin
    4/20/15
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    "listened to it twice so far"

    and I Look forward to listening to it again. A lot of laughter makes the subject very approachable. everyone should listen to this.

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  • J. Saleh
    UK
    4/11/15
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    "Eye opener to a new concept"

    Brene's sense of humour , tone of voice made the topic joyful
    Worth listening too ..
    She introduced concept of " shame" which was once overlooked .. All of a sudden I realised how many times I bit my fingers over things that are silly and purely to please others.. All in all , good listen

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