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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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    buzzard 01-18-17
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    "Phenomenal."

    This is a must for everyone. Male? Female? Parent? Grandparent? Sibling? Friend? Human? Alive? If any of those definitions fit you, this listen will resonate with you in some way or many ways. There's something beautiful about vulnerability I needed to learn from this to improve myself, my relationships, and my world. And I bet you will find something, too. Brené Brown is 100% relatable and her research is introspective and honest and relevant.

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    "Love the principles that Brene teaches."

    Was very fun to listen to. Her research is amazing and applicable. My only hesitation is that she swears so much. I really wish I could listen to it openly on front of my children.

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    "Truely inspiring"

    Absolutely loved it. Very entertaining and informative. It is fuel for my journey. Thank you!

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    "well prepared, very funny and intelligent"

    loved the stories and examples. dr brown is very good at illustrating examples as stories from her experience.

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    "Too US-centric"

    Based on American culture. This book is too US-centric. I did not enjoy it because of this.

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    "Powerful"

    This book is life-changing and incredibly deep information. The studies that she has done really resonated with what I'm working on right now and I can't wait to share it with my friends and apply it to my real life.

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    "Affirming , informative, warm, powerful"

    Would recommend this to anyone and everyone saying - don't be put off by the title,
    cos as we know, the term' vulnerability' scares most of us.
    Based on research, from data gleaned from
    countless hours of conversations with people from all walks of life, and sifted and sorted to reveal the common threads that people living wholeheartedly , ( or any other group for that matter ) share.... Brené Brown brings us the gems, the rubies, the diamonds from all this sifting through and delivers them with such humanity, humour. It's going to lift you up.

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    "Venerated vulnerability"

    Love everything about this! So much gold in here! Couldn't be a bigger Brené Brown fan. Anyone can benefit from this!

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    "Excellent content. Might need to be a middle-aged American woman to appreciate the delivery"

    The content is excellent, but I'm apparently not the right audience for this delivery. I took many notes and had great insights from the content, but I really struggled with getting through the stories and delivery. While I realize many walks of life will appreciate the delivery, it is very strongly (and rightfully so given the author) in the mindset and humor of middle-aged American women. Nothing wrong with that, but since I'm not in that audience, I wished I had gotten her book instead, which I imagine would be for a more general audience (though I can't be sure since I haven't tried it yet). The content is so great though that I'll probably get her Daring Greatly book so that I can experience the content again, but in a way where the delivery is not distracting me from the important points.

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    "Loved it!"

    Definitely worth the time investment! A great new perspective on being whole heartedly yourself, not being the you other expect you to be.

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    "wonderful, personable..."

    some reality checks in here I am going to address. worth a re listen. Brene Brown certainly made me feel like I am going in the right direction.. also made me feel "tfft its not just .."

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    "Definitely worth a listen...again and again!"
    Where does The Power of Vulnerability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Brene speaking in this audiobook; it literally brought her important work to life with her anecdotes and natural conversational way.


    What other book might you compare The Power of Vulnerability to, and why?

    This is my first insight into Brene's work and I'm looking forward to learning more.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There are so many great parts to each chapter and valuable lessons and insights throughout.


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    This audiobook definitely makes you think!


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    "incredible"

    if you want to understand how to ne more authentic and content in many of the situations we find ourselves in daily life listen to this awesome wisdom.

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    This is one of the most entertaining and insightful books I've listened to. Highly recommend to just about anyone.

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    "Really fantastic and funny listen"

    Brene strikes the perfect balance between informative, funny and emotionally moving storytelling. I also loved the style, with an audience there, thought it made it very engaging. would highly recommend.

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    "Essential listening"

    Thought provoking and surprisingly funny. Brené Brown delivers insight into her statistical findings with an incredibly warm and charismatic style.

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  • shelley
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    "Loved it!"

    Real, funny, warm & genuinely useful. Eye opening and encouraging, never judgemental and totally relatable. Will listen again and recommend to others X

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  • Elaine
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    "Loved it!"

    Reading Brene Brown's work is challenging, thought provoking and crucial for me. It's awesome to hear her deliver her work. She is passionate, present, real and funny. A handbook for a fulfilled life. Thank you Brene.

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    "The Power to change your life"

    Brene Brown's work, books, and audios have genuinely changed how I live my life. Spoken in a warm, funny, and real way she brings her research and work to life with her own anecdotes.
    The topics of shame, vulnerability and empathy are what every school, workplace, and home
    need to hear and discuss. I can't recommend this enough. I listened to it immediately again I was that enthralled.

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    "Fantastic and enlightening."

    Absolutely superb. Brene leads you gently to explore the topic of shame and many of the areas we hold ourselves back in because of what's going on beneath the surface. A wonderful sense of humour really brings this to life. Highly recommended.

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