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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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    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.

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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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    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.

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    happy mommy Florida 05-19-16
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    "not a book, but several lecture sessions"

    really liked this, eye opening into shame and vulnerability. I will read her books now.

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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.

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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
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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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    Leslie 12-30-15
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    "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!

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    "Best audiobook"

    I have listened to this audiobook twice and I will losten to it many more times. Berne Brown is an amazing speaker. You feel that she is doing what she is preaching when you listen to him. The subject of this book is life changing. The world would have been a better place and our kids would have been happier if more people studied this book wholeheartedly.

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  • Caroline Southerden
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    I adore Brene Brown and this audio doesn't disappoint, it's informative, enlightening, heartfelt, emotional and hilarious.. what more could you ask for.. Brene at her best

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    I couldn't stop listening to this. Brene Brown has a magical way of pulling you close, wrapping you up in a cosy blanket and with humour and wit and authenticity guiding you through the obstacles and barriers to living a life of wholeheartedness. She's wonderfully infection and this audio book is the best friend you may never have had.

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    This is something everyone should hear, right next to Alan Watts, at least one time in their lives.

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    "Brene Brown is both funny and moving!"
    Where does The Power of Vulnerability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I would say it isn't necessarily a an audiobook but more of a speaking conference


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not a character kind of book but Brene mixes stories and research together perfectly.


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

    Brene is easy to listen to and there were lots of moments where I laughed out loud.


    Any additional comments?

    Brene is speaking at a conference so she does in engage with the audience and there are moments where she makes faces or gestures that you cannot see because obviously it is an audiobook not a video.

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  • Sarah-Helen
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    "fabulous. refreshing and funny"

    really loved this book. a way we should all live. inspiring, honestly vulnerable and engaging.

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    "fantastic!"

    really good, she talks right from the heart! warm and funny! you have to listen to it!!

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    "a game changer"

    Such an engaging speaker - so helpful to hear her really getting stuck into the ideas. Deep, yet light and funny....actually life changing.

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    2/25/17
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    "eye opening, ensightful and easy to listen to."

    Loved it, listened to it a few times as it is packed with great ensight which is impossible to implement all at once.

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    "Loved it"

    Loved it! Inspiring, warm and conveyed in a way you wouldnt get from reading a book

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