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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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    Laughed, cried and learned a huge amount about myself.. Everyone should listen to this!

    Hearing her stories brings it alive.

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    "Needs to be taught in schools & new parent classes"

    I have no words to explain how profound this audiobook is. I can only give the facts on how this book has left me feeling.

    I love Brene Brown for all her research & drive to pass on this information. She's not perfect, she's does not know everything but she has done her research & would not be giving us her results unless she was certain of them. She is not my hero because she knows a lot or can talk on stage or because she's perfect, but she is a hero to me because she is honest, funny, fact-based informative & she's willing to speak about the hard things.

    I was in tears on countless occasions because of how deeply it resonated with me because I am human & everything she talks about is part of the human experience.

    I literally kept checking to see how much time I had wishing it would stop counting down & never end.

    I feel I have opened up an emotional can of worms. She has brought so many things to light for me that I never realized impacted me as they did.

    This is not the first time I will listen to this audiobook, I will start it over again and again as life is all about learning and growing.

    I wish I had a Brene Brown in my back pocket.

    This book was exceptionally amazing. I cannot recommend it enough.

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    "Awesome workshop! Brene is so real and relatable."

    Dr. Brown is a fantastic speaker. Her work is life changing. I highly recommend for mental health professionals and those with a desire to take risks and move toward positive change.

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    "FANTASTIC!!!"

    Insightful, informative, funny, touching, honest,
    Brene offers fascinating research through her brilliant storytelling.
    I couldn't wait to get back to it, and did not want it to end!

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    "Amazing!!"

    This talk is so beautiful, extremely needed, and if embraced, can be transforming. I highly recommend this talk and I am grateful that something like this is out there.

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    "LOVE LOVE LOVE BRENE"

    She is an inspiration!!! This is a great audio book. She is so engaging. Ready to ready all of her works.

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    "Important AND Entertaining"

    Brene Brown is a first rate speaker. Her insights on human nature are dead on! For anyone who wants to overcome fear and improve their quality of life.

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    "loving this book for my spouse and myself"

    first of all Brene is not simply narrating her book. she walks the journey with the listener and weaves in a good dose of humor. I have laughed out loud many times while driving listening to her. my husband enjoys it as well. it is not a typical self help book and is applicable to anyone who is alive.

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    shame, vulnerability, and empathy will never. be the same to me ever again! Brown is truly a genius.

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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.


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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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  • Sheila
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    "Powerful and empowering"

    Excellent
    Thought provoking, full of humanity and real truths about the human condition. Thank you Brene Browne. Lots to work on!

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  • 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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  • Lisa
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    "Life-enhancing. Thank you."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hell yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


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

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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, it's wonderfully insightful and sometimes painfully true.I felt a much greater affinity with this book than with some of Brene's other work because I am not a facts and figures type of gal. This book, whilst still based on Brene's qualitative research, also contains lots of human stories which resonated with me. I love the way Brene herself was so courageously vulnerable in it.

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  • Maryam Akram
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    "Brilliant book!"

    Absolutely love it. Love the information. Love the style. Absolutely brilliant. Its inspired me to buy more of your books and listen to them. Acting goofy right now on a park swing with ice cream in my hand. Thanks. :)

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  • Tamsin
    4/20/15
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    "listened to it twice so far"

    and I Look forward to listening to it again. A lot of laughter makes the subject very approachable. everyone should listen to this.

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  • J. Saleh
    UK
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    "Eye opener to a new concept"

    Brene's sense of humour , tone of voice made the topic joyful
    Worth listening too ..
    She introduced concept of " shame" which was once overlooked .. All of a sudden I realised how many times I bit my fingers over things that are silly and purely to please others.. All in all , good listen

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  • Mary
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    "Simply Amazing!!"
    Would you listen to The Power of Vulnerability again? Why?

    100% over and over again.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have listened to all the TED talks and I was hesitant about listening to this because I thought it would contain the same material, however, this by far outweighs all the others! I love the way she delivers an important moral message using anecdotes that will have you laughing out loud, literally!


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

    This is the best of them all.


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

    no, I wanted it to last a week, but I did it in three days.


    Any additional comments?

    If you listen there will be some laughter and maybe some tears, all whilst helping you become the best you. Takes notes, it's sooooo worth it!!!

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