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.
©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Brené Brown
This has transformed me. It has shifted the way I look at things, how I understand things and also how I will move forward into the world.
I think everyone I know, and do not know, would benefit GREATLY by opening up to Brené's lifelong work.
So so so so so so good!!! This book is absolutely fantastic! I've already recommended to three friends and can't wait to listen to it again. This stuff is so relevant and needs to be heard by everyone. Fantastic!
Thank you, Brene Brown, for all the hours of research and toil that became the inspiration you have shared candidly and wholeheartedly with the world. There is no greater contribution to humankind than changing the hearts of people!
I am a perfectionist and I willing take on anything and anyone's drama cause I can't say no, I am often paralyzed by fear and anxiety and in social settings try not to be seen.... I feel like this book was created for me. There were so many break through moments that shattered through my false existence and made me reevaluate who I was and where those emotions were coming from. I loved this audio so much! Brene is hilarious too I was laughing so often at my crazy thought process. I want to live whole hearted and I know I will be listening to this audio over and over again!!!
Yes, I would definitely recommend this to a friend (and have). Brene Brown is great at sharing some important research in a way that everybody can understand and enjoy. I love research and learned about Brene while I was working on my thesis - Her fabulous delivery of a topic we can all relate to, is something everyone can benefit from.
There are a few memorable moments - The ones where she candidly shares stories, which make her vulnerable and relatable in so many ways. Her struggle with perfectionism and where it may stem from - For me, I related to the work ethic instilled by her parents and why that impacted her self-care and level of vulnerability.
Yes, I have listened to other performances and this was as equal in greatness.
This would be part of the the most memorable moments - When she shared her upbringing and work ethic instilled by her family.
Great live seminar in an audible book - really liked the interactive style.
I value the fact that it's not a how-to book, but through her stories it inspires you to test your WHY, and decide your own level of change.
This book moved into my top 10 list.
Highly recommended for anyone, no matter where you are in your personal development journey.
i strongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to be happy and live a life worth living!
Brene is so engaging. I laughed and cried like a mad woman in my car listening to this. She is so on point that i dont think anyone would struggle to find something to take away from this talk
I haven't enjoyed this book, I've loved it. I highly recommend it, Brene Brown is brilliant and possibly my new favourite Author, researcher on living life to the fullest. I've laughed endless times and been teary eyed from how close to home much of this information has been for me.
The book finishes with a quote by Theodore Roosevelt called "the man in the arena" it is my favourite of all time and this book epitomises it. Show up, put yourself out there, dare greatly, and know win or lose at least you tried and lived with authenticity, rather than sat on the fence of life and played it safe never experiencing what life truly has to offer.
"So full of wisdom"
I came to Brene through her Ted Talks and Rsa Shorts and this recording built on from these. An enormous amount to take in and so many moments where I had to stop and reflect as I processed new information and so much resonated at a deep level for me. I love Brene's work.
I will need to re listen to really take in everything because of the range and depth of the content.
I think this work is life changing, thank you Brene.
Authentic, compelling, powerful
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.
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.
Several - mostly the personal anecdotes that bring the ideas to life.
"One of the best books I've read in a long time"
Brene Brown is a shame researcher. She recounts through her research on shame how that impacted her own life, or rather how the data she discovered hijacked her and brought her through a year of soul searching. The areas she covers are shame, wholeheartedness and of course vulnerability.
This is not a dry academic book that contains boring data and statistics, rather Brene reveals through the
Data and the areas I've mentioned above how those areas influence our lives and the lives of others.
She explains well how vulnerability is misunderstood and unpacks what can be good and bad about it, but above all why it's necessary.
As this was the audible version it was a series of talks she did. She speaks on tricky subjects with humour, compassion, sensitivity and honesty. She was not afraid to be open about her own experiences. She comes up with some great definitions too.
I loved this book because it was so unique, refreshing and above all resonates truth.
Finally you can't read this book without it touching you personally.
"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
"enlightening and uplifting"
loved it. have listened to it over and over again....and I mean over and over and over. :-) best thing I've done for myself in a long time.
"Not worth the money"
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+
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.
Laughs, oh ahs and other things that have little value for someone not physically participating in the seminar.
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.
Recorded in front of a live audience - it's a great setting for the many stories and emotions covered. As a coach it gave plenty of stories and topics I can use and well worth listening of hire liking to seek or share compassion, vulnerability, shame and guilt without holding onto them!
"Bravo Brené Brown"
Everyone I know would benefit from listening to this clear, concise guide to cutting through the crap and living wholeheartedly.
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