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

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    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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    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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    Listened to it 3 times and likely a lot more. As jam packed full of nuggets of wisdom as one place could accommodate. So many aha moments. Life changing audible.

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    "A challenging and funny book"

    This is one of the best books I have ever heard. It challenges you, while at the same time teaching you in real and sometimes hilarious ways why authenticity and vulnerability are so important to being the real you and living a full life.

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    What didn’t you like about Brené Brown’s performance?

    I wanted to love this book as it came to me highly recommended. But after listening to about 45 minutes, i simply couldn't listen to any more of the authors use of what seemed like a nervous language tick when she would ask rhetorically every other sentence, "Does that make sense?" Of course it made sense, what didn't make sense was her senseless use of that phrase. It reminded me of a valley girl repeatedly using the word "like" at the beginning of her sentences. For that reason, it was difficult to listen to, and I didn't find the material all that interesting or surprising, but I'm giving it four stars for overall and story, because the issue of shame is big for a lot of people and I can see how it might be perceived as revolutionary to some. Maybe I could've had a different experience if I had read the book. But now that I have "Does that make sense? Does that make sense?" etched in my brain, I don't think I ever will.


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    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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    "Very well-spoken"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Power of Vulnerability to be better than the print version?

    There is no print version, I believe.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Brene Brown provided a lot of anecdotes - I loved how the recording wasn't based off a book but a bunch of different lectures. She's a very likeable and humorous person and I loved listening to her.


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    Everything.


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

    I really learned a lot about shame/vulnerability and she provided a different lens for me to look at those things.


    Any additional comments?

    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS AUDIOBOOK. Seriously, Brene Brown is fantastic.

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    really loved this book. a way we should all live. inspiring, honestly vulnerable and engaging.

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    Loved it, listened to it a few times as it is packed with great ensight which is impossible to implement all at once.

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    Incredible work. Brené Brown is a mesmerising speaker; funny, frank, gentle and honest. The content is life changing.

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    Absolutely love the way that Brene Brown talks and is so open about shame and vulnerability. We're
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    I'm so disappointed I've finished it ... so I'm going to listen to it again all over again. Beene, you are my hero. Thanks!

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    Very Slow start Not what I was expecting, but good teaching and enjoyable, I would recommend

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