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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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    "Inspiring, hilarious, honest, and oh so helpful"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene Brown is an amazing speaker. She is honest and hilarious, she is a great story teller. She uses her stories as examples in how to see vulnerability not as weakness, but as a strength. Take risks, be empathetic, learn to love yourself, appreciate and enjoy life!


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    Brene shares the thoughts and feelings of our inner lives, the lives we may not be transparent or aware of. When we do understand it, it open our reality with and to our world. Thank you Brene!

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    I love this audio presentation. I have listened to it 3 times now, and love it each time, and am challenged by it anew each time. A great gift for anyone age 35-65 especially.

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    judy 11-27-15
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    "Got a few good morsels"
    What did you love best about The Power of Vulnerability?

    My husband told me to get this audiobook saying, "it really does not apply to you because you have very little shame but you might understand me better". So I did. To my delight I got a few great morsels for myself too.

    The author has a pleasant voice and tells great stories. Rarely do I listen to a self help book, and even more rarely do I laugh out loud and learn something. I do believe she has a winning formula.


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

    The story about the cookies.


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

    Her intonation and great story telling ability.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Power of Vulnerability?

    Everyone has shame issues and always will it is a matter of trying not to have too many.


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    "Doesn't resonate with me."

    Its only like 5 chapters in this book that resonated with me. In this book she is having a conversation and not really being direct on a lit of topics. I guess Im one of those puerile that enjoy "how to" books and this is not one of them.

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    "Inspiring and Actionable"

    This is a TED Talk on steroids and the best 6 hours of audio I've ever heard. Chock full of research supported with personal experiences, Brene' Brown delivered a fantastic performance.

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    to who interested in psychology, you may love this book. but this is not me..

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    "Probably the best audible purchase I've made yet."

    Truly inspiring.

    This lecture series made me laugh, and cry, and think deeply about how to be resilient in the face of challenging situations.

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    "Must listen to!"

    Amazing! Life changing! Truly a gift to the world. I highly recommend this audio book.

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    I loved her perspective and humor! I could listen to her everyday. I can hope to aspire after hearing her ideas and research conclusions. Don't shrink, puff up- stand your ground!

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    "very good quality book"
    If you could sum up The Power of Vulnerability in three words, what would they be?

    deep, emotional, healing


    What did you like best about this story?

    This is not your everyday self- help book, no "how- to" guide. It takes you on a deep and emotional quest, yet staying realistic and relatable. It will hit home with so many of us, that need a bit of clarity and tools to set some behaviours into context.


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    "Brilliant book!"

    Absolutely love it. Love the information. Love the style. Absolutely brilliant. Its inspired me to buy more of your books and listen to them. Acting goofy right now on a park swing with ice cream in my hand. Thanks. :)

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    "Powerful and empowering"

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    Thought provoking, full of humanity and real truths about the human condition. Thank you Brene Browne. Lots to work on!

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    "Brene Brown issimply amazing"
    What did you like most about The Power of Vulnerability?

    I never write reviews but Brene Brown is simply amazing.
    She uses grounded research which for me is the best. Her work is authentic and original and she has the courage to tackle the most difficult subjects and her findings are extremely valuable and definitely not the run of the mill, ordinary almost anticipated findings.
    On top of all of this it is an amazing experience to listen to her speak, Her authenticity, originality, humour, constant clear presentation, down to earth, matter of fact way makes her a joy to listen to, not to mention the huge benefits and relevancy of her excellent work to probably everyone.
    I cannot praise this woman and her work enough, she is simply genius.


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    "Life-enhancing. Thank you."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Hell yes!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

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    Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favourite?

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

    Absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I love this book, it's wonderfully insightful and sometimes painfully true.I felt a much greater affinity with this book than with some of Brene's other work because I am not a facts and figures type of gal. This book, whilst still based on Brene's qualitative research, also contains lots of human stories which resonated with me. I love the way Brene herself was so courageously vulnerable in it.

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  • Katie
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    "Inspirational"
    What did you like most about The Power of Vulnerability?

    Brene speaks with humility, passion and strength. It was easy to connect with her and that she is "like me" and knows what living "in the real world" is like.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    N/A


    What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

    Her humour


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

    I laughed a lot and was very inspired by much of what she spoke about. I journalled a lot and have shifted many things for myself thanks to the self awareness this book gave me.


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    "Daniel George Brown"

    This book is a complete inspiration. I am so pleased I found it, it has without doubt changed my life beyond measure. Bruné Brown, you are an inspiration. I wish I was your friend, True greatness comes from the reflection of others. You are absolutely amazing and your family are so so lucky.

    If your looking to change your life, this book is the right choice for you. Deep, Challenging and at times uncomfortable the book takes you on a journey of self development and realisation.

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  • Alexis
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    "Great Listen!"

    I don't know what I was expecting to be honest but this was the first audiobook I listened to that was recorded as part of a seminar which I really liked. Some very interesting content.

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  • Amazon Customer
    4/8/17
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    "Amazing and captivating the whole time"

    Recommended for everyone. Brené is amazing and her work has blown my mind. love it

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/23/17
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    "Funny, brilliant and hit a note with me. Thank you"

    for making it real and brining all to a true reality, a making me vulnerable.

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