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The Power of Vulnerability Speech

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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    This was an eye opening experience. Thank you so much for this. Couldn't have come at A better time in my life

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    "Incredibly Soulful"

    Brene tackles the idea of vulnerability with humor and honesty in a way that many other "self help" books miss. She doesn't come off as preachy or judgmental, but places herself in the same struggle that her readers face. I laughed and cried, and this book was exactly what I needed when I needed it most.

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    Lori R. Chicago, IL 04-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    My therapist suggested this read when I was having trouble finding compassion for selfish family and friends. This book changed my mindset in many ways especially with issues I believed I was doing great with. I bring up chapters from this audiobook to discuss in therapy and it has helped build on solutions and personal goals. Highly recommend!!

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    I've never been so immersed and so moved by a book. Brene has such an important story to tell and does it with complete wholeheartedness.

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    Had me laughing, crying and changing every my dance habits. Be gone 'cool Demon' ;o)

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    Sarah M Wikle 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    This is a very applicable way to live and relate from your spirit! 2 thumbs up!!!

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    K. Lunn Central Valley, CA USA 04-24-16 Member Since 2014

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    "A must listen to!"

    Her delivery is entertaining and easy to understand and the content is life changing. She makes it easy to start putting her ideas into practice. I can't recommend this book enough!!

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    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene's ability to articulate the concepts of vulnerability is easy to understand and thought provoking. She is witty, funny, and introduces many applications in everyday situations that we all encounter. I never saw vulnerability as a powerful and life changing tool until listening to this narration. I wish I would have discovered these findings earlier in my life but, I am excited to know them for my future.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Brene' Brown for this work of art and for the data analysis effort it took to come to these life changing conclusions. Your work matters.

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes and I have recommended it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brene' and all of her stories about her hubby and kids


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

    Being herself.


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

    Don't puff up, don't shrink...stand your ground.


    Any additional comments?

    She talked about people being victims and survivors. This is so true. She helped me realize I have to be happy with who I am and not try to conform to others around me.

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    "Fantastic!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    Brené Brown is an amazing researcher and engaging speaker--humorous, honest, compelling.


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

    This lecture is so jam-packed with insightful and useful information about whole-hearted living that I have listened to it 3x's already and I keep learning new things. I just love listening to her speak on the way to work.


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

    I am a psychotherapist working with children, adolescents, and families and Brené Brown's work has greatly enriched my work.


    Any additional comments?

    Personally, this lecture reminds me to show up, open my heart, and let myself be seen! Overall, beautifully done! I definitely recommend it!!!!

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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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    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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    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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  • Ollie Chapman
    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • 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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  • Jackie Lawlor
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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.

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  • Deborah Guild
    8/31/15
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    "Bravo Brené Brown"

    Everyone I know would benefit from listening to this clear, concise guide to cutting through the crap and living wholeheartedly.

    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.

    3 of 3 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    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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