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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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    I will listen to this over and over again. Love Brene Brown! Thank you for your work and brilliance. I will forever be grateful for you!

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    Love this book. So many insightful and inspiring messages. Thank you for sharing your gift with us Brene!! Thank you !

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    Brene Brown is a genius. This book is entertaining, extremely informative and practical. I would recommend this to anyone who's read Daring Greatly and is interested in learning more about vulnerability and its role in our lives and society. This book, like anything by Dr. Brown, is proof that "self-help" books can be substantive, academic without being pedantic or dull.


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    I loved this so much that I have to go back and listen to it all over again. Berne is very fun to listen to. She is real and simplifies the complexities of life that make it so much easier to understand. I am inspired to practice these lessons she teaches us. She practice what she preaches and lives her life wholeheartedly.
    This has become one of my favorite Audible listenings. I have told everyone I love to listen to this! I may consider giving this as a wedding gift to everyone who shows up to my wedding.

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    I loved it, am going to listen again right away! Funny, entertaining and heartfelt. I really learned a lot and understand shame and vulnerability much better now.

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    I repeatedly listen to this. To me, this material contains the bedrock emotions of western civilization. especially as we go into 21st century

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    Full of clarity, truth and honesty. Brene is so much fun to listen to, couldn't wait to hear what she had to say next. I have so much appreciation for her keen ability to bring awareness and understanding of these aspects of our modern human experience.

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    Brenè Brown continues to be amazing. if you liked her TED talks, this series of lectures is there perfect continuation. stone of the stories she tells are repeated from the talks but she expands on them beautifully. I'm going to listen to this book again and again, any time I need a reminder of what it means to live wholeheartedly.

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