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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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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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Sooo awesome!

Brené made me cry and laugh and think about living in a whole new way. This was just awesome and both really beautiful and inspiring!

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  • Dayna
  • Washington State
  • 07-07-15

Stand your ground

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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So moving...

This was the most worthwhile audiobook (or book of any kind) that I've ever experienced. I mean, I know there's such thing as runner's high, but book high? Wow...unexpected. Brené is lively, vulnerable, flawed, and so brave and human in her talks that it really helped me to feel more comfortable opening up. The many laughs I had and lessons I learned were so valuable, so deeply valuable. It's worth saying that it really works in terms of "me too" instead of "how to." So while it lacked the precise instruction some may feel they need, it didn't feel like anything was missing for me. We all have different lives and ways of doing things, so we can't all use the same "how to." But having someone, in such a heartfelt and humorous way, say "me too?" Well, for me, it made taking that walk into vulnerability just a bit easier...which made such a difference for me on my personal journey. This will not tell you that you can avoid vulnerability, it will not give you an easy way out. What it will do is show that we're all in this boat together, we're not alone, so when taking these hard steps into vulnerability, even if someone laughs or we make a fool of ourselves, it's okay. We don't have to be perfect, we don't have to try to be perfect, and why would we want to, when we have nothing to prove anyway? Many heartfelt thanks to the author for her funny, beautiful insight into life, I'm truly grateful.

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  • Jeff
  • Houston, tx
  • 05-25-15

Shame vs Guilt

Interesting to learn the true definition of Shame and Guilt. And how they are very very different.

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Wonderful

I couldn't put my phone down. I listened every moment possible...I stole a few moments to. I laughed with her and at myself because I could identify. I'm going out this weekend with friends to dance an I can't dance.... Can't wait I ain't scurd.

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A walk through the jungle of learned helplessness

This was a real eye opener. This audio of a seminar cuts to so many things most of us do to keep from being real. It opens up a lot of possibilities. I am definitely going to check out other titles by this author.

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Perfect Accidental Read

I painted my bathroom this weekend. I wanted to listen to something great as I worked. Coming across this book was the best unplanned read that I've ever had. Halfway through I recommended it to nearly everyone I know. So great, on point, and terribly and terrifically relatable!!

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Over matured teachings

Though the content suited a pan aged audience. It was more relatable for someone who is married and having children.

I am 10 years too young to hear this now

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  • penelope moyse
  • 09-01-17

Insightful

I got some much from reading this and i will be returning to it often.

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  • Simon
  • 08-29-17

important

beautifully read and a beautiful message. This series of lectures has been one of the most important things I've heard in a long time. listen to get words, take on board he message and dare to live the life you were promised in all the stories you read as a child. this is it. this is how. i hope you listen and share these words and enjoy them as much as i did. Thank you Brené Brown!!!

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  • Selah
  • 08-29-17

Loved every bit

It's a great book, great storyteller of important stuff. I have told already 5'friends to read before I started listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-23-17

incredible insight

Highly recommend the audio book. it's insightful and daring. Much love and appreciation to Dr. Brenè Brown.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-19-17

Depth, clarity and wholehearted vulnerability.<br />

Downloaded Friday morning, a companion till Saturday evening. Thank you Brene Browne for encouragement to dig deeper, grow further since TEDx Houston.
Your honesty, vulnerability and research are a gift to any observing human being. I met more of my true and loving self in those 6 hours of audio.

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  • Ffion Thomas
  • 08-10-17

Just epicly brilliant!

what a fantastic audio book, for anyone feeling as if they are not FEELING life or things are a little numb. This is for you!

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  • Marta
  • 08-10-17

Truly transforming book

Very deep subject, that is what we really need in the present world. Highly recommended!

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  • Tom Fisher
  • 08-05-17

Powerful well delivered content.

If you are a human being, this is for you. Brené covers serious topics in a lighthearted way that only helps to make them more accessible. I enjoyed listening to this a great deal and am sure I will continue to return to listen to many chapters again. This audio has given me information and tools to begin moving through the world with more confidence and to understand feelings of shame and guilt far better.

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  • kirstbaby
  • 07-30-17

Wonderful. Thought provoking.

Loved being part of the seminar. Felt like I was there. Great that the narrator is the author. Really interesting content. A lot to put into practice.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-17

I absolutely loved every word of this book.

Firstly Brenes voice is fabulous to listen to. her book is amazing and she talk about the important fundamentals of life in a way that's broken down so we can really take stock and recognise who we are as individuals. I will listen to this again because it was that good!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-17

Life changing

I needed this as a teenager! Listening to it now in my thirties I know that this is going to change so much about how I live. Thank you for such a wonderful, informative, and very entertaining presentation.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-17

Good Choice

Great book, great listening. Brene Brown is fantastic to listen to. Mixing researched data with everyday humour and real life stories we can all relate with. You won't regret this purchase

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-17

Life changing

Loved it. Starting again straight away. This is an amazing book, by a passionate speaker.

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  • Jordan
  • 05-05-17

Love love love

Brené Brown is a gift to human kind. This book (seminar) was soooo fantastic to listen to. I found myself laughing out loud, nodding my head with agreement and awe and generally having such a wow moment. Gave it two listens back to back and will be revisiting again for sure. Really fantastic work which invites you to look inwards and tackle your 'shame gremlins' to see more love and wholeheartedness in your life. Anything Brené narrates is an automatic SOLD for me - I just LOVE her!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-17

Wonderfully spoken and engaging

I am a massive Brene Brown fan after listening to this audiobook on the Power of Vulnerability ~ every chapter really was invaluable to me. Thank you Brene for sharing your knowledge and insight! Will listen again and again! Brilliant!

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  • Tania
  • 05-01-17

Brene Brown ROCKS - LOVE LOVE LOVE IT

Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Vulnerability to be better than the print version?

Never read the book. The audio was brilliant - I would say having the book, would be great because you could highlight so many things.

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

How Brene talked about shame and how it comes about. So powerful and I didn't realise this.

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

Her humour, her voice - her own vulnerability and I just loved the tone that was set.

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

Yes but it was saved for driving so I picked times when there would be heavy traffic - who does that!

Any additional comments?

Thank you Brene Brown, you are so normal and awesome and aware.

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  • Jessica
  • 04-28-17

Loved this book!

Listened to this audiobook every chance I could and finished it within a few days. Hung in to every word, Brene is a great speaker. She presented some provoking concepts I had never even considered before. I should mention this as I didn't see this any other reviews as I wasn't sure at first if I had purchased the right audiobook - this is in the form of a lecture.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-21-17

I laughed, I cried

Couldn't put it down. So many fantastic insights and ideas. I now want to buy all of her books!

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  • kelly
  • 04-18-17

Just love Brene Brown so much!

such an incredibly inspiring woman, I want to start all over again. Loved every minute!!

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  • Wedzerai
  • 04-16-17

Great listen!!

The way it is put together including the delivery is just so easy to listen to and to take on!!
Got a lot out of this one!!
Thank you 😊