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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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    Maarja 09-27-16
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    I think this is THE best book I have ever read. I would recommend it to everyone and anyone who need a little or a lot of help in their everyday life. To creative people who struggle with their art, what ever it is and people who think they aren't creative but wish they could be. Or to people who just want to live their lives as best as they can, no matter who they are or what they do.
    To me this book is just amazing and it came to me just when I needed it, or a little later... ;) Thank you Brené Brown for changing lives around the world! I am one of them.
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    Dr. Brené Brown's thought-provoking lectures draw your attention to how shame is ruining your chance to live an authentic, wholehearted life. By leaning into topics that make most people cringe, she explores vulnerability in a way that you simply can't ignore, using over a decade's worth of research to bring us usable definitions and strategies to develop a healthy sense of self.

    The best part of this audiobook is that she's funny and relatable, 2 qualities I'm sure wouldn't shine as brightly in any other format. Listening to Dr. Brown is like listening to a friend reach out through your headphones and touch your heart. This will definitely be something I listen to over and over again in the future. I highly recommend it!

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    "love, love, love this book!"

    this is my second book that I hear from Brene and i just cant get enough.

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    I loved Brene's approach to explaining shame and how we've built our culture around it. Vulnerability is the only anecdote to feeling close with other humans and to building true relationships.

    Loved her casual and real delivery, it's almost as if you're sitting in a room with her.

    Recommend this book to anyone looking to understand themselves a bit more!

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    "Brene Brown is a brilliant storyteller and author"

    The book wouldn't have been relatable without Brene's narrative in her own voice sharing her stories

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    "This book is changing my life.."

    I would say that it has changed my life, but I haven't fully practiced it yet. I am so excited to do so. Brené spoke in a way that went straight to my soul. Be ready for a powerful, yet practical, reality check!

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    One of the best audibles out there. It was very instrumental and touching. A total eye opener.

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    "Curious about vulnerability?? Read the book.."

    Brene Brown has very aptly highlighted the unnoticed emotional issues that bother us and she has added a new perspective to look at the world. She has also provided the yardsticks and guidelines to know oneself better. With this book one would be able to look at vulnerability as strength rather than weakness.

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    I will read and or listen again many times in my life. I recommend to anyone who lives in this world.

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    This book taught me so much about myself I'm a matter of a week. I completely changed. The content is unlike any other self development book I've ever read and the author is a true story teller.

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    "Incredible, inspiring and transformative lectures!"

    I absolutely loved listening to Brene Brown's talks, every single second of the way through! I laughed, I cried and - most importantly - I grew! M life will forever be richer because of this audio book and I cannot recommend it highly enough to anyone who wants to expand their capacity for joy, compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, vulnerability, creativity and love!

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    Brilliant. Heart warming, right provoking and potentially life transforming. I literally devoured this audiobook and I've no doubt I'll listen to it again and again. Huge thumbs up for Brene Brown.

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    This is the first thing I've listened to by Brene Brown and it was profound and brilliantly entertaining. I laughed out loud a lot and learned a lot about myself. I can highly recommend

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    Narrated by Brene herself. This talk is addictive. Brene has got me through some difficult situations and I am forever grateful for that. Highly recommended this to anyone who is open to become a wholehearted person. Down to the ground, personal and honest. Absolutely brilliant !

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    She has given so much to think about. She has used simple language and made this hard topic so enjoyable with her wit. Loved it and looking forward to more of her work.

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    This is a great listen! Really inspiring with lots to take away from and think about. Brene Brown has just the right balance between humour and seriousness! 5 stars!!

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    "Brilliant just brilliant"

    An amazing journey of self discovery embracing the crazy way life is.
    Brilliant and funny, a must for anyone who finds ,fitting in, a constant struggle. Gives a while new outlook on the feelings of vulnerability we all have. Would wholeheartedly recommend

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    Loved it. What a humble person.....an expert with honesty. She engaged me from the beginning and her use of humour made the examples she gave come alive. I will listen again.

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