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.
©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Brené Brown
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.
to who interested in psychology, you may love this book. but this is not me..
Love the Audible app for Windows Phone.
Mostly covers the same ground as her book, Daring Greatly. Great energy, informal style, author's own voice, all help it work even better for me than the audiobook itself.
This lecture series made me laugh, and cry, and think deeply about how to be resilient in the face of challenging situations.
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.
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!
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.
So good I intend to listen through this many more times.
The only thing I felt I missed out on a little was the 'visual' element of these talks, I thoroughly enjoyed these talks. despite that.
Entertaining and full of meaning and humanity. Lots of food for thought in a down to earth way.
i will be looking for more of Brent Brown's work, I have 2 of her Audible books already.
"So Many Take Aways!"
I've loved listening to this over the past week! Brene approaches self development in a light and funny way. There's so many things that you will pick up that'll change your life for the better. I 100% recommend getting it now!
Thoroughly enjoyed listening to this talk! Not a conventional book more of a talk but well structured and well researched information!
"Great content, just not sure where the 'data' is"
I enjoyed this all very much... But I cannot find scholarly references for her studies anywhere!
"Learning while laughing at yourself - out loud!"
I have seen Brene Brown talk a couple of times but this book brings together everything in a comprehensive collective way. It's a must read for anyone who is able to watch a Disney movie and sees the reflection of the ridiculous side of their own behaviour. It's a must read for anyone who ever feels they are not good enough. In fact it's a must read for pretty much anyone who has the capacity to love and feel.
As an audiobook it works extremely well as its recorded as a set of live talks, and you can't help yourself being drawn in. Be ready to laugh out loud on the train, say oh my god as you're shopping, and goof out while loading the dishwasher.
Quite simply the best book since the Magic Faraway Tree for me!
Loved it! I was looking for a book like this one. Meaningful and honest. Thank you Brene!
"The Power of vulnerability"
Would highly recommend this book. It's the best self help book I've ever listened to. I found it hard to put down.
The content and concepts were new to me. Very thought provoking material beautify presented by the author, Brene Brown. The use of humour was very effective at empathising new ways of dealing with old problems.
"Cannot fault this book"
One of the best things I have listened to in a long long time ... She just makes sense! I could listen to her to hours hours
"I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book."
I learnt alot and loved every chapter. I did not want to stop listening to it. Brene confirmed the value of vulnerability which I knew was important but just did not know why. Thank you Brene
"Best thing I've listened to in a long time !"
This is wonderful and I would love to be able to live my life like this one day !
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