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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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    Interesting to learn the true definition of Shame and Guilt. And how they are very very different.

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    I couldn't put my phone down. I listened every moment possible...I stole a few moments to. I laughed with her and at myself because I could identify. I'm going out this weekend with friends to dance an I can't dance.... Can't wait I ain't scurd.

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    "A walk through the jungle of learned helplessness"

    This was a real eye opener. This audio of a seminar cuts to so many things most of us do to keep from being real. It opens up a lot of possibilities. I am definitely going to check out other titles by this author.

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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!!

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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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    "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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    "Does that Make Sense?"in Every Paragraph Ruined It"
    What didn’t you like about Brené Brown’s performance?

    I wanted to love this book as it came to me highly recommended. But after listening to about 45 minutes, i simply couldn't listen to any more of the authors use of what seemed like a nervous language tick when she would ask rhetorically every other sentence, "Does that make sense?" Of course it made sense, what didn't make sense was her senseless use of that phrase. It reminded me of a valley girl repeatedly using the word "like" at the beginning of her sentences. For that reason, it was difficult to listen to, and I didn't find the material all that interesting or surprising, but I'm giving it four stars for overall and story, because the issue of shame is big for a lot of people and I can see how it might be perceived as revolutionary to some. Maybe I could've had a different experience if I had read the book. But now that I have "Does that make sense? Does that make sense?" etched in my brain, I don't think I ever will.


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    "Over matured teachings "

    Though the content suited a pan aged audience. It was more relatable for someone who is married and having children.

    I am 10 years too young to hear this now

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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.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    "LOVED this book!!!"

    I am a perfectionist and I willing take on anything and anyone's drama cause I can't say no, I am often paralyzed by fear and anxiety and in social settings try not to be seen.... I feel like this book was created for me. There were so many break through moments that shattered through my false existence and made me reevaluate who I was and where those emotions were coming from. I loved this audio so much! Brene is hilarious too I was laughing so often at my crazy thought process. I want to live whole hearted and I know I will be listening to this audio over and over again!!!

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    Brene is so engaging. I laughed and cried like a mad woman in my car listening to this. She is so on point that i dont think anyone would struggle to find something to take away from this talk

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  • Ollie Chapman
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    "Brilliant"

    I haven't enjoyed this book, I've loved it. I highly recommend it, Brene Brown is brilliant and possibly my new favourite Author, researcher on living life to the fullest. I've laughed endless times and been teary eyed from how close to home much of this information has been for me.

    The book finishes with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt called "the man in the arena" it is my favourite of all time and this book epitomises it. Show up, put yourself out there, dare greatly, and know win or lose at least you tried and lived with authenticity, rather than sat on the fence of life and played it safe never experiencing what life truly has to offer.

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    "So full of wisdom"

    I came to Brene through her Ted Talks and Rsa Shorts and this recording built on from these. An enormous amount to take in and so many moments where I had to stop and reflect as I processed new information and so much resonated at a deep level for me. I love Brene's work.

    I will need to re listen to really take in everything because of the range and depth of the content.

    I think this work is life changing, thank you Brene.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Ozpiper
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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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several - mostly the personal anecdotes that bring the ideas to life.


    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • tee pee
    1/31/15
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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.




    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Roisin
    Wellington, New Zealand
    12/1/13
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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

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Ms.
    8/23/15
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    "enlightening and uplifting"

    loved it. have listened to it over and over again....and I mean over and over and over. :-) best thing I've done for myself in a long time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • ReviewerA
    Ireland
    12/12/13
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    "Not worth the money"
    Would you try another book written by Brené Brown or narrated by Brené Brown?

    For starters it is not a book but a recorded seminar. There is a lot of loughs, jokes, and time fillers very little substance for something costing £25+


    Has The Power of Vulnerability put you off other books in this genre?

    Not genre but possible the author. There are valid point made in the seminar but despite author claiming obsession with data there is little research mention and most of the topic are just glanced over.


    Did Brené Brown do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Not applicable.


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

    Laughs, oh ahs and other things that have little value for someone not physically participating in the seminar.


    Any additional comments?

    Some valid points but all covered on very high level, have the feeling that surface of the topics discussed was just but scratched. And it is not a book it is seminar.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • MarkPT
    10/9/15
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    "Great topics"

    Recorded in front of a live audience - it's a great setting for the many stories and emotions covered. As a coach it gave plenty of stories and topics I can use and well worth listening of hire liking to seek or share compassion, vulnerability, shame and guilt without holding onto them!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Deborah Guild
    8/31/15
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    "Bravo Brené Brown"

    Everyone I know would benefit from listening to this clear, concise guide to cutting through the crap and living wholeheartedly.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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