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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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    I painted my bathroom this weekend. I wanted to listen to something great as I worked. Coming across this book was the best unplanned read that I've ever had. Halfway through I recommended it to nearly everyone I know. So great, on point, and terribly and terrifically relatable!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brene Brown is amazing. She has incredible insights into American culture and where we fall flat in terms of understanding what truly matters. I love her authenticity and her willingness to share her own stories, which always made me laugh. She's incredibly funny without meaning to be. I highly recommend this book!

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    Pamela HONOLULU, HI, United States 09-04-13
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    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene Brown is a fantastic presenter who walks the talk and talks the walk of vulnerability.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene Brown's delivery of her own content.


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

    Excellent.


    What did you learn from The Power of Vulnerability that you would use in your daily life?

    I'm more healthily aware of blame, shame, guilt, embarrassment and vulnerability and becoming better at caring for myself as well as others.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommending this to everyone I love.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "very insightful"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    This was a live lecture. It had interaction with the audience and it didn't sound like it was just reading off facts


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    She was funny, insightful and really authentic in her communication style


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    "How to pay attention to life."

    Listened to it 3 times and likely a lot more. As jam packed full of nuggets of wisdom as one place could accommodate. So many aha moments. Life changing audible.

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    snmeadors 02-16-15
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    "A challenging and funny book"

    This is one of the best books I have ever heard. It challenges you, while at the same time teaching you in real and sometimes hilarious ways why authenticity and vulnerability are so important to being the real you and living a full life.

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It sounds like a remake of guilt, shame, forgiveness and non-judgement that is the backbone of evangelical ministries. It's fine for dealing with minor problems, implying that every person reading this book is capable of making a right call when dealing with mental illness or crime by using empathy is unprofessional.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Brené Brown again?

    no


    What three words best describe Brené Brown’s performance?

    criminal, disturbing, evangelical


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Power of Vulnerability?

    In Chapter 21 Brene tells a story of a friend who has shaken her toddler, and as the toddler becomes more terrified, the mother feels more powerful. Brene instructs us: Empathy requires me to go to that dark, terrible place where I understand the capacity for that. She responds, "I get it". In the state of Texas... the attorney general instructs us to report child abuse. At the very least, the complex problems of dealing with children during a mental breakdown deserve more from a doctor of social welfare.


    Any additional comments?

    When I heard this I had my own epiphany about why people trust snake handlers. We really need to believe children can weather abuse if it performed by good people at a bad time. When the hard times are not going to pass for the millions of children who live in poverty, we need to help people who break down better than this.

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    "Very well-spoken"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Vulnerability to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version, I believe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene Brown provided a lot of anecdotes - I loved how the recording wasn't based off a book but a bunch of different lectures. She's a very likeable and humorous person and I loved listening to her.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Everything.


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

    I really learned a lot about shame/vulnerability and she provided a different lens for me to look at those things.


    Any additional comments?

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK. Seriously, Brene Brown is fantastic.

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    "A Most Provocative Lecture Series"

    Dr. Brené Brown's thought-provoking lectures draw your attention to how shame is ruining your chance to live an authentic, wholehearted life. By leaning into topics that make most people cringe, she explores vulnerability in a way that you simply can't ignore, using over a decade's worth of research to bring us usable definitions and strategies to develop a healthy sense of self.

    The best part of this audiobook is that she's funny and relatable, 2 qualities I'm sure wouldn't shine as brightly in any other format. Listening to Dr. Brown is like listening to a friend reach out through your headphones and touch your heart. This will definitely be something I listen to over and over again in the future. I highly recommend it!

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    Ivonne E. Acevedo Chicago, IL 09-26-16 Member Since 2016

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    "love, love, love this book!"

    this is my second book that I hear from Brene and i just cant get enough.

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    "Loved it!!! Very helpful, sincere and funny. "

    Loved it!!! Very helpful, sincere and funny. I am looking forward to buy another book from this Author. I was able to identify myself with what it is said in this book. Thank you so much for all your hard work. You do change lives!

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    if your looking for a map / guide to signpost you toward truly 'living your life' delivered in an entertaining yet meaningful way then this is a great example of that. backed up by years of research with details which are relevant to all of us.

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    I've found this immensely helpful and have listened over and over again, each time drawing more out of it.

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    "Brilliant!"

    Brene is amazing at explaining feelings in such a powerful way. I love her stories and her honesty. I will definitely be buying more of her books!

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    "resonates so well"

    I loved this. I was sad every time I had to pause it and couldn't wait to get back to it. What she says resonaes so well and makes so much sense to me. She is warm and funny and compassionate. I am going to listen again with a notebook and pen so I can jot down my reflections. As she says in the seminar, gratitude is not an attitude, it's a practice!

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  • Doug
    4/28/16
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    "Give yourself a present..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Vulnerability to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but Brene Brown has such a calming and amusing delivery of her messages that you have to keep stopping yourself from just enjoying the stories if you actually want to take some content away for the future.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    The way the research is backed up with every day incidents and moments that we can identify with makes the talk extremely compelling. She talk authenticity and she walks the walk completely. That sense of someone giving of themselves is something we can all feel at a very fundamental level. Though some of us may have more or less to be looking for in terms of the help this work may offer, that judgement is suspended entirely and blown away by the down to earth delivery and connection that is made.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    So many things going on both in my life and the lives of those I care for made me reach out to this book. There was no disappointment. Not self help in that awful way that can make you feel even more broken that before you started, and with humour that is so often lacking in 'therapeutic' tomes. The content is interesting, challenging and hopeful but no need to suspend your sense of humour about the world. Both interesting and enjoyable. Thanks, just what I needed.


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    "Just awesome!"

    Teaching, storytelling, sharing. Brené is at her best. Courageous, vulnerable and really, really funny. Be prepared to laugh out loud while you listen and learn!

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  • LuluP
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    "Essential listening"

    Witty and open
    I loved this series of talks. It's a great reminder of what we're really aiming for in a world that encourages us so often to look in the wrong direction. Brene Brown is a n entertaining raconteur and presents a lot of insight from her extensive research in a funny and accessible way.

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    "funny and uplifting"

    Great for car journeys and makes u think that's why I do that......
    Made me laugh out loud.

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    "Brilliant"

    Brown uses her research to highlight common behaviours - she doesn't tell you how to live, or not to live. It's insightful and enjoyable (and really empowers you to understand your behaviours).

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