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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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    Before I had even finished the first chapter, I wanted to email Brene Brown. I decided I would keep notes and email her when I was all done

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    I never write reviews but this audiobook has had a profound effect on me. I've listened to it twice in one week. I'm really struggling with what Brené calls foreboding joy. I call it fear of things that haven't happened yet to those I love as a form of protection (lol). I can't wait to dive deeper into her work. I especially love that she narrates this. Her tone is hilarious and captivating.

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    Powerful and emotional for me. I love how she adds humor and breaks the information down in manageable chunks with examples. On to the next! Daring Greatly!

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    Brene Brown's charisma is unrivaled. Not only is she incredibly competent at her work and conveying it to the public in an authentic, entertaining and informative way, but she is also warm, vulnerable and human. The content has the power to change your life for the better of you let it.

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    Brene is the secret voice we all are dying to give a full throated expression too. She helped me see that the things I was most afraid or ashamed to show to the world, are actually my super powers. I fall at your feet sister. We so needed your voice in the world. Now I am off to moon walk in the produce aisle - and fall in love with myself - and the world - while doing it. Bravo!

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    Every person needs to hear the message of vulnerability... in a world consumed with 'cool' and 'control', vulnerability is the only path back to wholehearted relationships and living!

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    An amazing piece on finding and cultivating authenticity. Brene reaches into the depths of being human and touches so many things that simply ring true. She invites you embrace vulnerability with an amazing tool kit that can be practiced. You'll laugh, you'll cry and if you listen carefully you'll come out of this a better you.

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