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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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    "A must listen for dudes"

    Vulnerability is not just for softies, I've been convinced for a while now that it has more to do with being a man than most societal norms will lead you to believe. This talk from Brene not only confirms that but provides whole hearted stories and evidence that our cultural norms are not only backwards but doing a great deal of harm to everyone walking the planet. I would consider this a must read for everyone, especially dudes since we tend to have the hardest time with vulnerability.

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    Brene is simply amazing and is one of the rare people with a well rounded style that combined with own authenticity, allow her to reach millions on some very very important core human issues. She makes me feel better. So grateful. And PLEASE narrate you own work, Brene. Without your voice and humor it's just not the same fun. Still great work, but I buy the audible version because it's you--not the case for most authors. You have a gift--I'd rather wait if it's a pain to do?! No Alcatraz!

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    Love Brown and her ability to be candid. This book is great for anyone trying to figure out how to let down their guard.

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    I would say this is a must read for adult children of alcoholics recovering addicts and alcoholics anyone and anyone who has ever suffered from a low self-esteem. this book has put me on a whole new path. I thank you for being vulnerable for us readers and sharing this with us. also your Ted talks have been very helpful to me I am very grateful for this work.

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    Wonderful, Wonderful! Real people rock! Brene's Work will change your life! This is great for parents especially, however, all will benefit from her research! I appreciate hearing her present her material rather than a narrator!

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    This talk was amazing carrying with it insight and clarity to the subject of shame, vulnerability and strength.

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    Brené Brown provides wonderful insight into the research behind concepts such as shame, vulnerability, authenticity, and wholeheartedness. Her storytelling style is captivating and entertaining, and I feel as though I learned a lot from this book.

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    I love Brene's story! She's an incredible story teller and really gets at the heart of so many things people struggle with. This will definitely be my go to book whenever I need a pick me up and feel a need to understand myself and my behaviors.

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    The work of our developing as adults starts with this..... Spoken with such grace and joy and filled with truth and insight.

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