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The Power of Vulnerability Speech

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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    Leslie 12-30-15
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    "Living Authentically or 'Being Real'"

    Brene shares the thoughts and feelings of our inner lives, the lives we may not be transparent or aware of. When we do understand it, it open our reality with and to our world. Thank you Brene!

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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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    Mark Hummel 12-27-15
    Mark Hummel 12-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Instruction Book on How to Live Life"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Instruction Book to Life

    (not that she tells WHAT to do in life, but HOW to live it)


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brene Brown, because she has learned much about living from her research;

    has applied that in her own life with extraordinary results; and

    is willing to tell stories on herself to illustrate the powerful concepts she describes


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Awesome sense of humor; willingness to make fun of herself (without calling names!);

    research into powerful topics on vulnerability as the key to life;

    application of concepts in her own life.

    She invites the reader/listener to do the same in their own lives.

    Her approach is so insightful, challenging, cozy, and friendly -- all a the same time -- that her encouragement sauntered right past my defensiveness without even raising the shields.

    Wonderful blend of irreverence and reverence, challenge and comfort; serious and silly. (And if you can't imagine those combinations, well neither could I until I listened to her book.)

    And she's damned funny!


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

    I am listening for the third time right now, taking copious notes. After I type up the notes, I plan to make a two-sided, 11x17 poster integrating the pieces I want to remember and practice on a daily basis. Hmmm. Where to start.

    Sharing who I really am without shame.

    Finding true belonging based on who I am, rather than acting in a way to try to fit in. Recognizing my trigger points for shame and developing a support system to work through it more quickly.

    Learning to walk away from a briar-patch life to a life without briars, rather than grow a shell to protect myself from the barbs.

    Accepting that some (many?) people won't "get" me, and that's okay with me.

    Practicing daily the art of Heart-Full living and loving.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you, Brene, for being who you are, and for sharing yourself so enjoyability and generously. You provide a phenomenal multitude of gifts. You are my hero!

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    Kenny 12-24-15
    Kenny 12-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Wow!!! Best audiobook ever"

    So good. She's like a comedian. She's so dynamic and so good at story telling. Her teaching is such an eye opener. Absolutely loved it.

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    Nicki Norman, OK, United States 12-24-15
    Nicki Norman, OK, United States 12-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Awesome, again and again"

    I love this audio presentation. I have listened to it 3 times now, and love it each time, and am challenged by it anew each time. A great gift for anyone age 35-65 especially.

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    Juan J Zamoramo 12-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Este libro te va a dar un espejo a tu formacion."

    Ay excelentes videos de Brene' Brown el la pagina de internet de Ted Talks.

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    Þóra 12-16-15
    Þóra 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    Excellent audiobook. Fun, educational, sincere and good performance. Could not stop listening. Recommend it.

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    Sandra Thomas 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Every one should listen to this book!"

    Dr Brene Brown kudos to you on this masterpiece! My husband and I heard you speak several times at the GLS. When we heard this book it took us over 10 hours to listen to, because we kept rewinding

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    Alshana 12-15-15
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    "loved it!!"

    enjoyed this, took my time to hear this and re played and had to re run through the most important findings! so worth it.

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    Susan Stewart Denver, Colorado 12-14-15
    Susan Stewart Denver, Colorado 12-14-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing!"

    This book was so insightful and inspiring. To live without fear and anxiety! To change your thinking to uncover where you feel vulnerable so that you can adapt new behaviors that dispel any fear and vulnerability. If you don't acknowledge where it's coming from, how can you change it?

    Powerful for anyone trying to move forward with peace, faith, understanding and no fear!
    Loved, Loved, Loved this book!!

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