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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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    melody LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-02-14
    melody LOS ANGELES, CA, United States 01-02-14
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    "Answers most if not all of the "how to's""
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    I love her delivery! She makes lectures sound like a conversation.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Power of Vulnerability?

    All of the lecture is memorable.


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

    The book is very "laugh out loud". She injects humor into the information.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a must read for anyone who wants to know how to go about creating a path that leads to a better life. Lots of books tell you what you are doing wrong, she tells you the right things to do.

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    Kali Pittsburgh, PA 12-31-13
    Kali Pittsburgh, PA 12-31-13 Member Since 2011

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    "The Best of Brene Brown - so far!"
    Would you listen to The Power of Vulnerability again? Why?

    I have - am on my fourth listen! There is so much amazing information in here, it can't be fully appreciated in one listen.

    Brene's stories and research, in her own words, is definitely the best way to listen.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The real life stories and anecdotes that are the stories we all have. Brene's work illustrates those deep dark moments we hide from ourselves and others, shining a light on them while letting us know we aren't alone.

    Many of the topics touch those painful bruises on our souls, but it is done with such kindness, compassion, and humor, I often find myself with crying and laughing all at the same time!


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

    This isn't a book, it is a recorded lecture. Because of that, the format is less formal. There were a few times when her train of thought seemed to jump the track, but I felt like I was listening to a trusted adviser and friend, not a researcher.

    Brene is a little brash and bawdy, but not at all offensive. She shines her spotlight on herself as much or more than anyone else!


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

    YES YES YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    I have listened to Brene's books, and while they were excellent, this surpasses all of them. It is really a compilation of all of her work, and ties together the research from her various books. In hindsight, I think you lose something from the books because they are read by other people (although I didn't feel that way until I listened to this one).

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    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 12-30-13
    Marvin DALLAS, TX, United States 12-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "comedian and a teacher"

    Ms Brown has comic relief as a great means of teaching. I have never laughed so hard and in learned so much at the same time. I truly felt very exposed while listening to this book. Four times now, and may want listen to it yet again.

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    Susan Mather San Francisco 12-13-13
    Susan Mather San Francisco 12-13-13 Member Since 2010

    Good books and peaceful days...

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    "A Revolution for the Real!"

    Do you know what triggers your shame? And do you engage in a daily 'gratitude practice'? And creatively involved in something you love, too? In addition, do you get plenty of sleep, and also know what it means to regularly laugh, play, and prioritize friendship as well? Well, guess what the latest research shows? These are the similarities of people who choose, and experience high levels of happiness over following the conformist tendencies of the 'in' crowd.

    After a handful or so years of doing hours-long 'interviews' of research subjects, and picking out repeating themes in American life, researcher and professor Brene Brown's focus on shame, fear & vulnerability almost brought her to her knees -- until she realized another emerging theme: Authenticity. That is, among and within an epidemic of irresponsibility and blame (which have increasingly been our 'default responses' to the fear and insecurity brought on by 9/11, 2008's Wall Street meltdown, plus the corruption we see everyday in our so-called leaders), Brown was also able to identify and focus on a more positive trend leading us toward more authentic lives. Let's hope that the 'hundredth monkey' theory continues (see book with same name, by Ken Keyes) in which a small group of people can literally change the way we live!

    This small group of people who resist cultural pressures to conform, not only live a certain way (see paragraph one, above), but are happier than others because of their choices in bucking the stultifying trends toward falseness -- who, instead, embrace authenticity. Yet be forewarned because no matter what you've been taught, showing your feelings and learning to be/embrace vulnerability and authenticity is not a journey for the weak!

    In this hours-long taping of a live seminar where Brown speaks in her down-to-earth, often funny, manner with an audience of two-thousand mental-health professionals, she's more than able at reaching her audience, revealing her OWN cringe-worthy journey (which we can all relate to) from a tough Texan with a quick-draw ability to defend at all costs, to a woman, who, "saved by her data" and research, begins, and unashamedly continues, her own journey at being and teaching the how/when& why a 'whole-hearted life' is as good as it gets! But it's not an overnight scheme, nor a scheme at all. I've already listened to this fantastic presentation three times. My only request is that Brene Brown present & record ALL her material, even to the point of redoing the two books she's had others narrate. Because this is your main, and your most intimate, channel in which to reach the most people. Please do so, I beg you. Bravo. Bravo. Bravo. I can't say enough about the importance of Brene Brown's work. It's the antidote in this otherwise increasingly false world of ours.

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    ann CORALVILLE, IA, United States 12-02-13
    ann CORALVILLE, IA, United States 12-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing - uplifting - helpful"
    Would you listen to The Power of Vulnerability again? Why?

    Yes. I really enjoyed this. I have a practice of listening to books on tape as I power walk on the treadmill each morning. I especially like listening to titles that are motivating and supportive. Brene Brown is funny, inspiring, motivating and helpful. This particular title has a lot of her best lessons embedded into one tape. I also like her voice and style of presentation. Her wholeheartedness really comes through and is infectious.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The messages about living wholeheartedly and guideposts for how to do it.


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

    Her voice is great. Very real and touching. She has an infectious laugh and is very inspiring. I can only imagine it's so much better hearing her than reading this.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    Living wholeheartedly means taking time for rest and play. We can allow ourselves to do this.


    Any additional comments?

    A great listen. I highly recommend it. I've gifted it to several of my friends.

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    Samantha ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, United States 11-19-13
    Samantha ELIZABETHTOWN, KY, United States 11-19-13
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    Where does The Power of Vulnerability rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    She is funny and just lays it all out there. I love that she admits she is working on all the stuff too and that is was hard to swallow some of the things she was finding in her research. It has really help me see why myself and others do some of the things we do. Great listen!


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    M. 11-13-13
    M. 11-13-13
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    "Made me laugh, made me cry"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Impacting...... Powerful............ Useful!!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way she made it real for me.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Her dancing with her Ellen in the store in front of the beautiful people.


    What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

    There are many but for now i will take and use some of her mantras and definitions.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you Brene for your courage and vulnerability.

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    Andrea 11-08-13
    Andrea 11-08-13
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    "Brene Brown will be your best friend."
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Once you start to listen to Brene Brown in this live recording of her seminar, you will be very disappointed that some of her previous books were even narrated by someone else! Brene is as down to earth and honest a presenter on issues like vulnerability, shame and self compassion. She is very funny and self effacing in her presentation and makes you identify with what she and countless others feel - with you.

    If you are looking for real inspiration in dealing with your self crazy talk and allowing your authentic self to shine, this one is for you. On repeat.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Everything! I want to be her BFF!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Her honesty throughout is truly inspiring and moving.


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    cassandra TEMPE, AZ, United States 10-28-13
    cassandra TEMPE, AZ, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Inspiring- a must listen!"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    This is such an entertaining, informative and inspiring listen. Brown has a wonderful way of connecting all of the points she makes to personal experiences in her own life. She lays out practical tools to live a more authentic and fulfilled life.


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    maryann Detroit, MI, United States 10-20-13
    maryann Detroit, MI, United States 10-20-13
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    "Uplifting, relatable, realistic book"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Brene has a way of connecting with the listener. Great story teller. Absolutely relatable, realistic, and empathetic. I loved her definitions of empathic and sympathetic. Something I've felt for a long time. Her story is interesting, and her "guidelines" are practical but still holds weight in being life-changing.


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