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.
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This is an incredible journey into some transformative truths about how to live more whole lives. She paves the way for change into a way to live that is emotionally satisfying. It's like therapy condensed!
I cannot say enough good things about this lecture! It has changed my life, I am less anxious, more grateful, and much more engaged than I ever have been. As a graduate student in clinical psychology and a clinician this work has also changed the way I practice for the better. All words of praise that come to mind regarding Dr Brown's work feel like an understatement. I highly, highly recommend.
Brene Brown is funny and she says things that sound like basic common sense but are incredibly paradigm shifting.
I would compare this book to Tattoos on the Heart by Father Greg Boyle because in each of these books the authors are giving life lessons and messages that I found I could come back to day after day. I wrote their messages down while I was listening because I found almost every statement to be a guidepost for my life.
Brene Brown's discussion about how the wholehearted experience joy and lean into joy while those of us who are overwhelmed with shame end up immediately feeling guilty for any joyful experience or pleasurable experience we have. This message has really helped me because I have struggled continuously with the feeling that I do not deserve to be happy.
Don't disrespect your time, be loyal to yourself and those you love.
Bren Brown shares moments in her life that opened a new room of self awareness in my reality. Very enlightening.
I don't often write reviews. I have to make an exception for this program because it absolutely brilliant.
The content is well researched, relevant, engaging. The delivery is personal, funny and engaging. Brené Brown covers so many aspects of every day life, and shows how the way we approach life can work against us, against the goals and desires we have for ourselves. She doesn't stop there. She shows how we can make it all better by giving us clear instructions to improve our lives and that of those around us.
The first part covers the various aspects of vulnerability, empathy, guilt, shame, perfectionism and gratitude, how they become part of who we are and how they influence happiness. The second part is her "guideposts" - they are not quite "todos" because you can't check them off once they're done; guideposts are the ways in which you can improve your life and your connection to others. They're a little bit of a recipe to whole hearted living. They're not easy - this is not a get-happy-quick methodology.
She presents information from her research and from her life. The example are delivered with honesty and humour, and the understanding that even a shame researcher isn't always perfect, and still has to work on it, too. It's comforting to know that we're not alone struggling. It also makes the content more real - not presented from high above from someone who's never struggled herself, but from the trenches, from real life.
Thank you, Dr Brown, for this amazing work,
I listened to this on a long drive. I though that the central message that people should be more vulnerable was compelling. That said, real strength, character, maturity, and wisdom come from being able to be vulnerable, and she didn't go much past that being vulnerable is good for you. Also, she talked far too much about her life and her family, which was a bit obnoxious. I know it's supposed to show that she not only knows this theoretically, but has also lived it, but she would have been far better served by simply providing paradigmatic examples that weren't weighed down by all the baggage that comes from making it personal. Overall, I learned some very neat things, and I'm happy I listened to the lecture series, as I found a lot of good stuff to incorporate into my own life.
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