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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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    Mostly covers the same ground as her book, Daring Greatly. Great energy, informal style, author's own voice, all help it work even better for me than the audiobook itself.

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    "This conversation is long overdue! KUDOS!! <3 Brene!"

    As a whole-hearted person..... yeah right! No really. I made it through the quagmire of conditioning, indoctrination, foibles, and folly. And even so, I laughed til I cried as I listened to this book,

    Our culture is so set on looking cool, that it sacrifices authenticity, truth, and courage to be so. For so many Americans, our hearts seldom get to soar, and our dreams lie dead, or are barely remembered.

    In this book we find the courage to be - messy, emotionally all over the place, and in the end... real.

    Hearing Brene's Texas twang fills my heart with joy, for as she describes her life and foibles, I hear my own, not shamed into smallness, but reveals as the warp and weft of a life truly worth living.

    My advice - buy this. Buy several copies and give them to anyone you know - for all will find acceptance within these ideas, grace within these pages, and the love of life within Brene's words.

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    "Brilliant. Changed my life"

    This is one of my favourite Audible downloads out of about 50 so far. Essential listening for every person on the planet. I can't say enough good things about Brené Brown and her work. This was my introduction to that work and I've since become totally absorbed in learning and living the messages from her work.

    Give this to yourself as a gift and give it to everyone you love - and even those you don't. It will make the world a better place!

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    Brene Brown is amazing. She has incredible insights into American culture and where we fall flat in terms of understanding what truly matters. I love her authenticity and her willingness to share her own stories, which always made me laugh. She's incredibly funny without meaning to be. I highly recommend this book!

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    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene Brown is a fantastic presenter who walks the talk and talks the walk of vulnerability.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene Brown's delivery of her own content.


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

    Excellent.


    What did you learn from The Power of Vulnerability that you would use in your daily life?

    I'm more healthily aware of blame, shame, guilt, embarrassment and vulnerability and becoming better at caring for myself as well as others.


    Any additional comments?

    Recommending this to everyone I love.

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    "not a book, but several lecture sessions"

    really liked this, eye opening into shame and vulnerability. I will read her books now.

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    "One of the best"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    The truth and realness of uncovering vulnerability. One of the best teachings I have heard. Delivered with facts, research, humor, love and vulnerability.


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    The realness


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

    It will make you take a deep look into areas of your life with a new perspective. You will laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this for everyone. It is enlightening, refreshing, and healing.

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    Five years ago I heard her speak at a conference, and enjoy her ways of knowing and her choice of qualitative research. Her choices expands the field away from evidenced-based practice - Finally! She is one of my favorite researchers.

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    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    This was a live lecture. It had interaction with the audience and it didn't sound like it was just reading off facts


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    She was funny, insightful and really authentic in her communication style


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    Brené Brown is a great storyteller, providing insights in a very personable and relatable manner. Recommended to nearly all my friends, that's how much I enjoyed. The only thing that put me off a little is the new age intro tune/voice between the chapters lol but that only lasts 10 seconds!

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    I have listened to this book 3 times in as many weeks and learned so much each time. My advice would be to listen with your heart,rather than your head. This is not a left-brain, intellectual exercise. The third time I fully engaged with Brene's wise words, which come straight from her own experiences and her open heart. This finally broke through my walls and enabled me to embrace my own vulnerability - and the shame I've held inside for so long started to melt away.

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    This book is pure gold, funny, entertaining and full of incredibly useful practical, research based content applicable in daily life. Would recommend to anybody!

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    One of the best books I've listened too! Brene Brown is amazing and I would highly recommend this book to anyone :-)

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    one of the best psychology audio books I've listened to. very engaging speaker who used a lot of personal stories

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    great eye opening knowledge I agree we are all creative and I use mine

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    "Life changing"

    I was laughing while walking on the streets and probably looking crazy. I was tearing up in private and public. I was taking the time and being courageous by looking into myself through the 56 chapters. I was considering how I could be more understanding to others.
    Life changing. Beautiful. Wow.

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    Loved every minute. Thoughtful, funny & stirs emotion. Highly recommend. Purchase this one over the audible Daring Greatly.

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