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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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    Sadie 09-14-13
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    "The audio makes all the difference."
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    Comforting, Insightful, Fun


    Have you listened to any of Brené Brown’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. I wish she were the narrator of all her audiobooks. I want to buy more of them, but I'm afraid to be disappointed!


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

    Two things really struck me. The first was her assertion that we don't call shame "shame," and people want to avoid the subject. The second was her description of perfectionism as a "20-ton shield" we carry.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think reading this in print would even compare to the listening experience. I'd hear it in my own voice - and this message is something that I needed to be "told."

    41 of 42 people found this review helpful
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    C. Liriano Tampa, FL 04-11-16
    C. Liriano Tampa, FL 04-11-16 Member Since 2012

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    "Um wow"

    I am not entirely sure what to say about this audio book. I am still a little emotional after the end. Brene touches every sensitive nerve in my body.

    I picked up this book because of what I do every day. I coach teams at work. I coach the tech geeks on how to work together. It struck me when I saw the title, that the way they trust me is by me showing vulnerability.

    What I didn't realize, is all the places that this book would take me. The part about play struck such a nerve, that I ordered the book called play by Stuart Brown.

    I love that this seems to be a recording of a seminar. It makes you feel like you were there because she speaks with full emotion. I will listen to this again and order daring greatly. And hope that I get to see brene speak in person someday.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    ABChamberland 08-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Gets real for real people - Thank you"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene Brown explains vulnerability and demonstrates how vulnerability manifests in people. Then, she shares tools you can use NOW on how to grow and work with it instead of fighting it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The tools shared are now in use with my daily living. Even deploying one tool at work has given me insight of how I was allowing others to affect me - demonstrating what's acceptable and what is not.


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Brene Brown comes across as "just one of us" and we are all in this boat together. It doesn't matter your economic status, family status, or anything else. Her stories were true and genuine - authentic! We are all human. I loved this about her presentation and demeanor. Most importantly, there was no condescension, just uplifting messages. Thank you!


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

    Yes and No. I think taking the book in chunks is better. This allows you to reflect on the message. AND, it was so good, I could sit one day and just listen. This is definitely in my replay library.


    Any additional comments?

    Thank you for this opportunity to listen to your messages and how to work with vulnerability in life. There were a lot of "aha" moments - and they say awareness is 90% of the journey. Thank you for sharing some tips and messages to help with the other 10% of the journey.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    JennE 03-09-16
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    "Tackling what many ignore and dismiss"

    The book seems to start in a negative tone, especially if your recent reads have been books like "the secret", but don't give up. Take a pause from it if needed but the book has a lot to offer. Very insightful and allows you to examine facets that are covered, ignored, or taboo in society.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Ang Goody Bethlehem, PA 03-06-16
    Ang Goody Bethlehem, PA 03-06-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Read this before Daring Greatly"

    This is Brene's early work before Daring Greatly where is takes us I to her deeper research on vulnerability. This is a live book, which sometimes gets frustrating because she's talking to an audience. Great work and important for anyone treating clients in the mental health field. Also great for our own personal growth. I'm a huge Brene Brown fan and she doesn't disappoint!

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    Kevin Cayuga, TX, United States 08-13-13
    Kevin Cayuga, TX, United States 08-13-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A must listen to! For me anyway :)"
    What made the experience of listening to The Power of Vulnerability the most enjoyable?

    This book as Brene Brown's other book has help me understand why things come to my mind as they do. Being a man that's not wired to think about feelings and not even talk about them! This with her other books has realy help me to take and not be afraid to say how I feel about what ever. Thanks so much to Brene Brown for your work! and please don't stop looking and doing what you love.


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    Elaina 07-10-13
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    "Wonderful!"

    I loved this talk. I have listened to, "The Gifts of Imperfection," "Daring Greatly," and her 2 hour talk on parenting. I think this talk is the best overall. If you only buy one of her downloads, I would buy this one. She covers all the topics in the other books. The format is great, Brene is a brilliant speaker. When you listen, it sounds like she is talking to you personally, not to a room full of people. (You can hear people laugh and clap, but the audio is recorded well and it is not annoying.) A great listen! One I will refer to many times when I need some guidance and an extra boost of confidence. Thanks Brene!

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    James C. Walter Miami 03-11-15
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    "Powerful, moving, and painful at times"

    This book has made such a meaningful impact on me and my life. I urge the listener to listen in small chunks then take the time to reflect. There were several moments that reduced me to tears.

    Also, I am a 46 year old male attorney. The concepts Brene Brown talks about are universal.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    "Life changing and entertaining"

    Brene makes you feel better about the things you do that you were embarrassed to share with others. For me it's random grocery store dance moves and the cry that ends up a laugh.

    I called my best friend at various points in the book with some "you should read this, because we aren't as crazy as we thought" moments!

    I could definitely do a better job living a whole hearted life, so thanks Brene for providing the guideposts!

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    Lori R. Chicago, IL 04-27-16
    Lori R. Chicago, IL 04-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great for everyone!"

    My therapist suggested this read when I was having trouble finding compassion for selfish family and friends. This book changed my mindset in many ways especially with issues I believed I was doing great with. I bring up chapters from this audiobook to discuss in therapy and it has helped build on solutions and personal goals. Highly recommend!!

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    One of the best things I have listened to in a long long time ... She just makes sense! I could listen to her to hours hours

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    "I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book."

    I learnt alot and loved every chapter. I did not want to stop listening to it. Brene confirmed the value of vulnerability which I knew was important but just did not know why. Thank you Brene

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  • Disa
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    "Best thing I've listened to in a long time !"

    This is wonderful and I would love to be able to live my life like this one day !

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  • Helen O'Donnell
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    "WOW AWESOME"

    Tough tough topic but the humanity, the laughter, the shared experiences makes me know it's possible to live my life my way.

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    "Just brilliant!"

    I laughed, cried and learnt a great deal. not reading this book may seriously limit your enjoyment of life... Thank you Mrs Brene Brown.

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  • Alex
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    "Wholeheartedly recommended!"

    Brene really mamages to weave narratives around her research that really kick in our subconscious and bring perspective on how we live, lead, learn and love

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  • Marina
    5/26/16
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    "Loved it!!! Very helpful, sincere and funny. "

    Loved it!!! Very helpful, sincere and funny. I am looking forward to buy another book from this Author. I was able to identify myself with what it is said in this book. Thank you so much for all your hard work. You do change lives!

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  • Theballboy
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    5/25/16
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    "fantastic guide"

    if your looking for a map / guide to signpost you toward truly 'living your life' delivered in an entertaining yet meaningful way then this is a great example of that. backed up by years of research with details which are relevant to all of us.

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  • C. A. Mealing
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    5/23/16
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    "Absolutely superb!"

    I've found this immensely helpful and have listened over and over again, each time drawing more out of it.

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  • Mrs Alice Head
    5/5/16
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    "Brilliant!"

    Brene is amazing at explaining feelings in such a powerful way. I love her stories and her honesty. I will definitely be buying more of her books!

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