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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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    Carrie Dorchester, MA, United States 05-25-14
    Carrie Dorchester, MA, United States 05-25-14 Member Since 2010
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    "What you'd expect with some powerful bonus points"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Vulnerability to be better than the print version?

    Is there a print version? This is audio of a multi-session talk that has hilarious bumper music. If you have enjoyed bits of Brené Brown either in TED talks or with Krista Tippet on her "On Being" program, you will enjoy this audiobook.
    I struggle with some of the familiarity that Dr. Brown has with her audience and can cringe a little when her personal stories go long. But that is her style and it feels pretty authentic. She has an interesting and powerful message that I am very attracted to, despite some rational self talk.
    It's a worthwhile purchase.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Vulnerability to and why?

    On of my all time favorite books is "Difficult Conversations." They dig into being vulnerable in a much more prescriptive way, but the message is nearly the same.


    Did Brené Brown do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    It's mostly her being her, which works.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Roll Up Your Sleeves


    Any additional comments?

    Compelling and worth it.

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    Theda 05-20-14
    Theda 05-20-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Insight, Authenticity, Humour and Heart!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Most definitely. It is filled with stories and wisdom for authentic whole hearted human living. I Love Brene's authentic, humorous and insightful delivery. A pure heartfelt Joy to listen to. I listened to this book in 2 days and got so much out of it!


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    Michael 05-13-14
    Michael 05-13-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Nothing changes without you."
    Would you listen to The Power of Vulnerability again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen to it again and have two times. There is much to grasp and repeated listening brought more clarity.


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

    The honesty of Brene Brown.


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

    The feeling and truth of her own path with vulnerability. Inspirational with practical insights to immediately apply to my own life.


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

    It is ok to be me and grow deeper with that everyday.


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    brian 05-07-14
    brian 05-07-14
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    "Amazing Listen - highly recommended"

    Brene' Brown did an amazing job narrating this book. I listened to three times in a row easily and many of her stories and topics stayed with me months into the future after listening. I still find myself trying to find the "whole hearted" version of me that she presents in this book... I highly recommend this one.

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    Tania 04-29-14
    Tania 04-29-14
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    "I adore this book!"
    Where does The Power of Vulnerability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best I've listened to.....to date.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoyed the format. The book wasn't read word for word as it was a recording from one of her seminars.


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

    Her personality truly shined through on this one. It made everything she taught come to life. She also shared many personal stories, stories that I could relate to which made the teachings resonate that much more with me.


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

    I laughed and cried, sometimes at the same time.


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    Jen 04-22-14
    Jen 04-22-14
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    "Loved Loved Loved this audiobook!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    I loved hearing Brene deliver the story of her book. The content is so powerful, but her delivery made it so much more enjoyable. I found myself chuckling in the car with some of her anecodotal stories. Not only that, but her message has deeply made me look at my life and I am excited to start the journey to wholehearted living.


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

    I was sorry that the book ended. I listened to it during my commute to and from work and it helped me prepare for my day and also de-stress after a long day.


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    "WOW. read this now"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Best. Lecture. Ever.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Vulnerability to and why?

    I have not heard anything that comes close to tapping the depth of understanding Mrs. Brown has on this topic.


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

    This series was better than Brene's first piece on parenting. Why? Because it was longer, and more in depth. But you might want to get both. Because they are both awesome.


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

    Guilt is I did something bad, Shame is I am bad. big difference


    Any additional comments?

    Pretty much everyone in the whole world should listen to this lecture. It should be translated into every language. Then maybe the world would be a little better.

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    M. Rutherford ORLANDO, FL, US 03-26-14
    M. Rutherford ORLANDO, FL, US 03-26-14
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    Would you listen to The Power of Vulnerability again? Why?

    I will listen again and again and again. This is not something that can get all in one shot!


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

    When Berne tells why she thinks we as Americans are fearful!


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

    Berne brown


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    I'm not perfect; I am enough!


    Any additional comments?

    People that are looking to change their lives for the better, need to read (listen) to this book,

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    Katie Moscow, ID, United States 03-20-14
    Katie Moscow, ID, United States 03-20-14
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    "Great Book about the POWER of Being YOU!"
    Where does The Power of Vulnerability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a great, live audio recording from a presentation by Brene Brown. She is authentic, real and charming. I couldn't wait to listen to more and hope for more and more from her!!


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    Angela 03-08-14
    Angela 03-08-14
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    "Brene Brown is my hero!"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    I've listened to this audio book over and over and over. I've used her examples and exercises on myself and with my clients. More of this, please!


    Any additional comments?

    Brene Brown MUST read her own work. To me, her humor, laughter, and voice inflections add so, so much to her presentation of her work.

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