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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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    "Awesome, again and again"

    I love this audio presentation. I have listened to it 3 times now, and love it each time, and am challenged by it anew each time. A great gift for anyone age 35-65 especially.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Errol Briarwood, NY, United States 12-09-15
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    Just needs to be more factual. Personal anecdotes are nice but not enough real information here

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    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    My husband told me to get this audiobook saying, "it really does not apply to you because you have very little shame but you might understand me better". So I did. To my delight I got a few great morsels for myself too.

    The author has a pleasant voice and tells great stories. Rarely do I listen to a self help book, and even more rarely do I laugh out loud and learn something. I do believe she has a winning formula.


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

    The story about the cookies.


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

    Her intonation and great story telling ability.


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

    Everyone has shame issues and always will it is a matter of trying not to have too many.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Jonathan Walker 11-12-15
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    "Doesn't resonate with me."

    Its only like 5 chapters in this book that resonated with me. In this book she is having a conversation and not really being direct on a lit of topics. I guess Im one of those puerile that enjoy "how to" books and this is not one of them.

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    "Inspiring and Actionable"

    This is a TED Talk on steroids and the best 6 hours of audio I've ever heard. Chock full of research supported with personal experiences, Brene' Brown delivered a fantastic performance.

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    Marwa 10-23-15
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    "It contains interesting psychological definitions"

    to who interested in psychology, you may love this book. but this is not me..

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    Sarah heath 09-12-15
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    "Probably the best audible purchase I've made yet."

    Truly inspiring.

    This lecture series made me laugh, and cry, and think deeply about how to be resilient in the face of challenging situations.

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    "Must listen to!"

    Amazing! Life changing! Truly a gift to the world. I highly recommend this audio book.

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    "Stand your ground"

    I loved her perspective and humor! I could listen to her everyday. I can hope to aspire after hearing her ideas and research conclusions. Don't shrink, puff up- stand your ground!

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    J.D. 06-24-15
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    "So moving..."

    This was the most worthwhile audiobook (or book of any kind) that I've ever experienced. I mean, I know there's such thing as runner's high, but book high? Wow...unexpected. Brené is lively, vulnerable, flawed, and so brave and human in her talks that it really helped me to feel more comfortable opening up. The many laughs I had and lessons I learned were so valuable, so deeply valuable. It's worth saying that it really works in terms of "me too" instead of "how to." So while it lacked the precise instruction some may feel they need, it didn't feel like anything was missing for me. We all have different lives and ways of doing things, so we can't all use the same "how to." But having someone, in such a heartfelt and humorous way, say "me too?" Well, for me, it made taking that walk into vulnerability just a bit easier...which made such a difference for me on my personal journey. This will not tell you that you can avoid vulnerability, it will not give you an easy way out. What it will do is show that we're all in this boat together, we're not alone, so when taking these hard steps into vulnerability, even if someone laughs or we make a fool of ourselves, it's okay. We don't have to be perfect, we don't have to try to be perfect, and why would we want to, when we have nothing to prove anyway? Many heartfelt thanks to the author for her funny, beautiful insight into life, I'm truly grateful.

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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

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ollie Chapman
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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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    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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Ozpiper
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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.


    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • tee pee
    1/31/15
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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.




    14 of 15 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
  • 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.

    5 of 5 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
  • Charlee Allison
    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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