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.
©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Brené Brown
Moving, paradigm-shifting, comforting
She is authentic, vulnerable, hilarious! She makes a tough journey fun and enjoyable, it is thoroughly entertaining!
Buy it, listen to it, listen to it again, share it with every friend!
This is powerful stuff. Love the live recording, hearing the crowds reactions. Will be listening to this multiple times!
Energizing. Enlightening. Funny.
She sounds like my best friend, sharing with me over lunch. She sounds authentic, not slick and self-promoting.
When I heard the results of the post-event study of the UT tower shooter -- that he'd had a psychic break because he hadn't been allowed to play as a child -- I was almost moved to tears by that tragic finding. I shudder to think what the current culture of ever more school and parent-scheduled events is doing to the next generation!
I suspect more women than men will purchase this book because of the topic. But men need to hear this stuff, too! These are uncomfortable topics for most (all?) of us, but that's part of why listening to this book is so powerful and life-changing. Why is it that the most important things in our culture are the ones we value the least?
Brene's honesty is so compelling & relate able!
I love being able to hear her speak about her work.
I've read one of her books & enjoyed it. BUT being able to listen to her speak is such a rich experience - I wouldn't pass it up!
I laughed & cried!
Excellent - author speaks from her heart about a subject she knows intimately: how to embrace wholehearted living. She brings crediability, coming from a research perspective and having struggled herself to implement the needed changes.
Year's best audiobook
I can't think of a book I loved as much as this one. Every chapter opened my eyes, strengthened me to live wholeheartedly, and made me laugh out loud at the same time. It was a joy. I will listen to this one repeatedly.
I listened to this entire book in two sessions, because I did not want to disconnect from Brene' Brown's engaging style and compelling message. The recording of her seminar as the material for this audio book is very effective.
Living wholeheartedly, choosing discomfort over resentment, being present - possibly dancing in Nordstrom's should the music so move me. :)
I was totally smitten by Brown'sTed talk and bought her book. In hindsight, I really think readers/listeners should spend their money elsewhere.
I guess what's truly important is that Brown herself is happy with her book. Speaking only for myself, I made a bad choice buying it seeing as I find the argument utterly hazy.
It took ages before she got to the point, and by then I was exhausted by anecdotes and jokes, so I think the first chapters could be rewritten (of course, I realize this will never happen)
I just don't trust the basic argument of this book.
I really don't like writing a bad review, but I really felt I had to in this case.
Authentic, compelling, powerful
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.
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.
Several - mostly the personal anecdotes that bring the ideas to life.
"Brene Brown issimply amazing"
I never write reviews but Brene Brown is simply amazing.
She uses grounded research which for me is the best. Her work is authentic and original and she has the courage to tackle the most difficult subjects and her findings are extremely valuable and definitely not the run of the mill, ordinary almost anticipated findings.
On top of all of this it is an amazing experience to listen to her speak, Her authenticity, originality, humour, constant clear presentation, down to earth, matter of fact way makes her a joy to listen to, not to mention the huge benefits and relevancy of her excellent work to probably everyone.
I cannot praise this woman and her work enough, she is simply genius.
The content is thought provoking and inspiring. I've listened to it three times and get more out of it each time. Also she is very funny and illustrates a lot of her points with stories from her own life - refreshing to hear somebody delivering this kind of material without coming from a place of superiority.
"Not worth the money"
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+
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.
Laughs, oh ahs and other things that have little value for someone not physically participating in the seminar.
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.
"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
"Life-enhancing. Thank you."
I love this book, it's wonderfully insightful and sometimes painfully true.I felt a much greater affinity with this book than with some of Brene's other work because I am not a facts and figures type of gal. This book, whilst still based on Brene's qualitative research, also contains lots of human stories which resonated with me. I love the way Brene herself was so courageously vulnerable in it.
Brene speaks with humility, passion and strength. It was easy to connect with her and that she is "like me" and knows what living "in the real world" is like.
I laughed a lot and was very inspired by much of what she spoke about. I journalled a lot and have shifted many things for myself thanks to the self awareness this book gave me.
"It's amazingly funny, informative and serious"
It is an amazingly good talk about vulnerability, creativity, fun, shame and a ton of related things.
Highlights most of the core problems present in any organisation, failing projects, families and how to solve them.
And she is funny - all the stories, the presentations are funny, informative and very helpful.
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