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The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connection, and Courage | [Brené Brown]

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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    Moonglotexas South Africa 09-12-13
    Moonglotexas South Africa 09-12-13 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Moving, paradigm-shifting, comforting


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Brene Brown...hehehehehehe


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    She is authentic, vulnerable, hilarious! She makes a tough journey fun and enjoyable, it is thoroughly entertaining!


    Any additional comments?

    Buy it, listen to it, listen to it again, share it with every friend!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    penelope Moraga, ca, United States 08-29-13
    penelope Moraga, ca, United States 08-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wish I could buy a copy of it for everyone I love!"

    This is powerful stuff. Love the live recording, hearing the crowds reactions. Will be listening to this multiple times!

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    Patricia Somerville, OH, United States 08-28-13
    Patricia Somerville, OH, United States 08-28-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Life-Changing, Powerful Advice"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Energizing. Enlightening. Funny.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    She sounds like my best friend, sharing with me over lunch. She sounds authentic, not slick and self-promoting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Nielsen Colorado 08-27-13
    S. Nielsen Colorado 08-27-13
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    "Laughed & Cried!"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene's honesty is so compelling & relate able!


    What does Brené Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed & cried!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Charlotte, NC United States 08-23-13
    Ann Charlotte, NC United States 08-23-13
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    "Eye-opening, thought provoking"
    Where does The Power of Vulnerability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Worstell Gig Harbor, WA USA 08-19-13
    Karen Worstell Gig Harbor, WA USA 08-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Profound, life-changing - and you will smile"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Year's best audiobook


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

    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.


    What does Brené Brown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of Vulnerability?

    Living wholeheartedly, choosing discomfort over resentment, being present - possibly dancing in Nordstrom's should the music so move me. :)


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    Lillian 03-10-14
    Lillian 03-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Authentically disappointed"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I was totally smitten by Brown'sTed talk and bought her book. In hindsight, I really think readers/listeners should spend their money elsewhere.


    What could Brené Brown have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    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.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    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)


    What character would you cut from The Power of Vulnerability?

    I just don't trust the basic argument of this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I really don't like writing a bad review, but I really felt I had to in this case.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ozpiper
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    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.


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  • noore
    6/10/14
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    "Brene Brown issimply amazing"
    What did you like most about The Power of Vulnerability?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Marnie
    Hastings, United Kingdom
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    "Life changing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 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.

    1 of 2 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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lisa
    Pinner, United Kingdom
    11/13/13
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    "Life-enhancing. Thank you."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hell yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favourite?

    N/A


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Katie
    Camborne, United Kingdom
    10/8/13
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    "Inspirational"
    What did you like most about The Power of Vulnerability?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Her humour


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Roland Hesz
    London
    8/21/13
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    "It's amazingly funny, informative and serious"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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