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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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How to pay attention to life.

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.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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recorded at low volume

greatly enjoyed it. most memorable moment was learning that people shame in order avoid feeling guilt.

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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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Does that Make Sense?"in Every Paragraph Ruined It

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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  • Lou
  • North York, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-01-13

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.

Which scene was your favorite?

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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Soooo good!!!!

My sister recommended that I read this book.. I bought it and half way through the book I sent it to my boyfriend, my brother, my mother, and my best friend. I really identified with a lot of the topics and enjoyed her perspective on things. Thank you!!!

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I love that it was recorded on live session

I love that it was recorded on live session with audience which made IT even more atractive to listen to :)

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the best book I've heard/read in years. period.

the best book I've heard/read in years. period. it hit hit me - exactly - where I am on so many levels, it was scary.

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loved it!

thoroughly enjoyed listening. I liked that there was an audience in the recording and I felt like I was right there with them. I'm enjoyed hearing the authors own voice.

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Brenee Brown is incredible

wonderful examples of how to be your best self live your authentic heart and experience life at a deep level

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  • jill jones
  • 06-12-17

Listen to this

Honestly? Just hear what is being said here. Brene is humorous and easy to listen to but hearing what she has to say is up to you. Thought provoking lectures with huge humanity. Powerful stuff.

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  • Hiker
  • 06-05-17

Very disappointing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

This is a recording of a seminar - some of the content is of little relevance unless you are at that seminar. I bought this on the basis of so many very short and raving reviews and looking through them again I wonder about the validity of some of them? A few talk about how clear and concise she is. She is far from this and she even says during this that it's all over the place and structure and logical layouts are not her strength.

Would you ever listen to anything by Brené Brown again?

NO

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Brené Brown?

Anyone - this should have been transcribed and then planned as an audio book rather than a recording of a seminar

Any additional comments?

I genuinely cannot understand why this gets so many raving feedbacks many of which seem to be short one liners...

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  • Nikki
  • 06-04-17

Amazing....truly changed my thinking

I can't recommend this book enough! I loved it from start to finish and I am super grateful to Brene for her honesty, humour and brilliance.

So much of of what Brene shares resonated with me and I know that this audiobook will have a profoundly positive impact on me and my life moving forward.

Beautifully narrated and you can't help but fall a little in love with Brene, as she's authentic and real. I've already downloaded other books to listen to...can't wait to listen to them!

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  • Alex
  • 06-03-17

Perspective shift

It did changed the way I see things and the best part, at least for me, is that I feel more comfortable with being uncomfortable. Must listen!!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-30-17

amazing amazing amazing , changed my life

amazing amazing amazing , changed my life. brene brown is genius. I love her thank you

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  • Lori
  • 05-28-17

Inspirational

Superbly narrated and engaging from start to finish. There is lots that I will strive to implement into my and my families life.

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  • Mrs. K. O'RAFFERTY
  • 05-28-17

A wonderful book

I saw Brene Brown's TED talk and wanted to find out more. she is a great speaker and the book is full of wisdom, joy and ideas.

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  • S. Duivesteijn
  • 05-25-17

Enlightning and easy as well as enjoying to follow

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-17

Listen with your heart.....

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.

Brene's humourous presentation make the content ever more memorable. Thanks Audible - a real gem, so glad I found it!

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  • Mani Lapacho
  • 05-21-17

Enjoyable & honest

Lots of home truths in here & a funny & engaging presentation - if we all took this on board the world would be a happier place 🌺

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-31-17

Life changing

I loved every minute of this audiobook. I listened to all 6 hours in one day then I went back and listened again over time, taking notes. So much of what Brene has discovered about how humans work has resonated with me significantly and given me practical steps for living in a more wholehearted way.

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  • Erin Lacey
  • 01-26-17

Wow!

So many moments.... just wow!
I'm going back to listen to it again because there's just so much to take in....
Funny, witty, enjoyable and above all enlightening!

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  • Erin Garden
  • 01-12-17

This is amazing, heartfelt, smart and practical

I've listened to it multiple times and recommend it to a bunch of friends. Brene is smart, funny, engaging. It's one of the few "self help" books I actually trust because it's science and soul told with stories from Brene's own life and I don't think it gets me real than that. I couldn't love or recommend it more highly.

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  • Susan
  • 12-25-16

I will be definitely looking up Brene Brown again.

A very funny lady who keeps you listening. The very first book that I actually listened to until the end thus far.

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  • 12-19-16

AMAZING

Brene is fabulous. I love her work, the manner in which she delievers it and everything she speaks about which is clearly from a genuine place but what i truely love the most is.. her. She is smart, funny, kind, honest and without a doubt such a loving parent, partner, and friend. Im sad that its finished, its like ive lost a friend. I'll certainly be listening again and again and again. A perfect combination of all of her work. If i had to pick one product out of her books and audios, this would be the one. AMAZING X huge love to a strong and inspiring woman and leader.

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  • Jessica Jacobs
  • 12-16-16

love!!

listening to this has actually changed my life. this hit so many nails on th head for me and I'm ready to listen to it over again just to let it keep sinking in.

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  • Kristie McCarthy
  • 12-10-16

Brilliant

Really put a lot in perspective. I will be listening many more times in the future.

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  • Sheena
  • 12-07-16

awesome and funny and relatable

loved it!
Brene was funny, and i loved how she also shared her own experiences snd stories and vulnerability.

I also found it easy to listen to.

thank you

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  • Clair twaddle
  • 12-03-16

Amazing

Really interesting to listen to, funny, engaging and so insightful. I am planning to listen to it all again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-23-16

Wholeheartedly enjoyed this!!

I loved the insights to the human condition.
How and why we protect ourselves but in doing so we miss out on the joy that is hidden away
Inside us and how to let go and trust that we are enough regardless of what we are told.