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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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    Evie M. 08-28-16
    Evie M. 08-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing, Groundbreaking, and Life-Changing"

    This audiobook complements Dr. Brown's other writings so well. It really helps it all to keep sinking in as you listen to her personally explain her research findings on shame. Even if you haven't read any of her other books, this will be such great material. I can't recommend this enough!

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    Marilyn Eyre 08-28-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Vulnerability is a Super Power!"

    This is the best book! I need to listen to it everyday to remember how to be! I love it ! I love Brene Brown, I love her sense of humor, her stories & how she shares them! I want to read everything she's written. She's brilliant !

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    Stephanie Mitchell 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Powerful Book!!!!"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    If you want to know how to overcome your insecurities and struggles with rejection, this book is it! Dr. Brown intricately details the challenges we all face is this game called life. Her instructions on how to master these issues, makes this book an insightful masterpiece.


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    Reese 08-27-16
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    "Deceiving"

    I thought this was a book. It's not. It's the recorded audio from a conference. I feel very mislead. And missing like I am missing out. When people write books they use much more detail than when they speak directly to others. This could be in part to all the nonverbal communication used in speaking. And with out being able to see all of this from the presentation I feel as if I am not getting he whole story, and for that I'm disappointed, feel deceived and a little robbed. But there is some very good insightful information in here.

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    Candace Nixon 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Entertaining and Insightful"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    How open and honest Brene Brown was. She was clearly a trustworthy figure who opened up about her personal life in stories that were relatable and entertaining.


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

    I would more so compare this to TED talks mixed with entertaining psychology.


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

    It made me laugh out loud several times.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED. Will listen to again.

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    Craig J. 08-27-16
    Craig J. 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "The key to unlocking your inner champion"

    Brene does an amazing job of mixing funny stories with deep issues. she uses her own life experiences to soften the blow to your psyche. by the end of the book I was literally hearing her voice in my head while I was out and about. I look forward to listening to it again!

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    Anthony 08-26-16
    Anthony 08-26-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Get this one first"

    This is the first book I've gotten from Brené Brown. She was recommended to me by my teacher in post secondary after I broke down crying after class one day. I didn't look her up then but I wish I had. Recently, I broke down again and realized I had been fighting against something and it was keeping me from enjoying all the amazing things I used to recognize around me. I thought, "why not something on audible, I mean, it can't get any worse at this point." This book appealed the most to me and it was only after the first session, when I found the post-it with "Brené Brown" written on it by me desk, did I realize why the name sounded familiar. It's amazing to hear her talk about her work in her own words. It's already changed my daily activities for the better. I feel more free and like a weight is lifted. It isn't a cure-all and I am well aware I will have to keep working at being wholehearted, I'm sure I will listen to it many times over, but im so glad Brené is out there and sharing her work with the world. One of the best purchases I've ever made.

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    Slater 08-26-16
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    "Life Changing"

    Amazing eye opener! This is a very inspiring book. It gives great Insight on the importance of being vulnerable.

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    Veronica L Ortiz 08-25-16
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    "Enlightening"

    This was a truly inspiring and enlightening read. I would highly recommend it to everyone.

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    Courtney 08-25-16
    Courtney 08-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Necessary read, life changing"

    This book will significantly change your perspective on relationships, habits, and self worth for the absolute better! If you could listen to one book in hopes of living a more intentional, connected life, this is it. Brown's narration is wonderful, and the content is powerful, funny, and inspiring.

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    "Great work"

    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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  • Elisabeth Garaux
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    "Really inspiring book"

    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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  • helen
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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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    "loved it!"

    I really enjoyed this and have taken a lot from it. I will no doubt listen to it again

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  • gozigirl
    2/22/16
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    "love love love!"

    Simply wonderful! Time to live wholeheartedly and play full out in life. Thanks Brene Brown for such a beautiful book.

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  • Maryam
    1/28/16
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    "Wow-blown away"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    She's funny and so smart!


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

    It really made me re-evaluate myself and life. I learned I need some proper creative and play outlets in my life. I need to let myself be vulnerable.


    Any additional comments?

    I just think she is so inspirational and the topics she covers are so so important! Absolutely amazing!

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  • Wexfordtown2000
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    "Amazing book"

    I have been suffering with anxiety and depression for four months. I have soul searched and thought about everything in my life.....work, family, being present and joyful. This book gives a great insight on emotions you feel and how to improve oneself for the better. The narrator is very funny and uses real life experiences to deliver her messages to the reader. I stumbled across the author whilst searching various books around emotions and mindfulness. I am a follower. She encourages strength and wholeheartedness and I will use this book over and over in the future.

    The best bits of the book for me were the stories she shared - real life scenarios with real emotions and the affects they have on yourself and others. Parenting skills will improve for sure. I am forty now and considering a new career......so what if it takes a few years to come. 43 is coming eventually anyway right.

    Thank you Mrs Brown! Bless you and you have helped me more than you will ever realise to a) help me get even better from illness and b) giving me a vision for how my future can be. A fan! x

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  • Mervyn
    1/18/16
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    "Powerful!"

    Brené hit the spot! What an awesome read/listen. She covers some really difficult areas of life and defines them in very simple, straightforward, easy to follow language.

    I love it!

    Mervyn Barrett
    Inevitability Coach at 5sense Management Technologies Ltd

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  • Glenda Baptiste
    12/26/15
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    "Loved it..."

    I really really enjoyed this. Some parts were uncomfortable to listen to as it really resonated with me and shone a spotlight on aspects of myself I don't often focus on. However, there were other parts that had me laughing out loud.

    Honest and well delivered.

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