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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 Vulnerabi
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Published May 24th 2013 by Sounds True (first published April 11th 2013)
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Rowan Rue The audio book of this book is excellent and it's read by the author (6 lectures). I love hearing Brene Brown speak on this subject.

It's jarring to…more
The audio book of this book is excellent and it's read by the author (6 lectures). I love hearing Brene Brown speak on this subject.

It's jarring to listen to the audio book Daring Greatly because it's read by someone else, so I would physically read that book instead of listen to it.

There is overlap and some repeating of stories, but they're great stories so I didn't mind hearing/reading them again. There is a little bit of a focus difference is all. I don't think it matters so much as long as you read them. Though, I highly highly recommend the audio book to the Power of Vulnerability.(less)
Rowan Rue Yes, this would be it. I want to give it 10 stars! It's got real life stories about herself and her research. It's witty, funny, serious, and…moreYes, this would be it. I want to give it 10 stars! It's got real life stories about herself and her research. It's witty, funny, serious, and inspiring. It really brings home the true need we all have to actually be who we really are and how vulnerable it is. I've been owning my own life story (harder than you think) and allowing myself to be vulnerable enough to be my real authentic self (had to do a lot of reflecting, and still do, to even know who that person even is). I can call out shame for what it is now and now I don't go down the shame spiral so hard or so deeply anymore. It's very empowering, as well as entertaining, and absolutely worth your time. (less)
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Nat
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, nonfiction
I decided to give this audiobook - narrated by the author - a chance right after having watched Alain de Botton's talk, Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person. I don't really recall how my mind then led me to associate the aforementioned with Brené Brown's work, but here we are...

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 meanin
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Julie Davis
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best way to get an idea of this book is to watch Brené Brown's TED Talk on vulnerability. It was a real eye-opener for me and it went viral so I wasn't alone in loving it.

I was delighted to find this 6-talk series on Audible that I could use as a refresher.  Brown pulls together all her research to continue the vulnerability conversation on a deeper level.

Brown herself is so engaging and genuine that the sessions are easy to listen to. She freely shares personal stories as examples so you k
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Misty
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A profoundly life-changing lecture. Brené Brown helps us to see the beauty that lies in being vulnerable. Being vulnerable is difficult, but it’s an essential step to us being wholeheartedly our genuine selves.

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs,
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Michael Britt
Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was such a great "re-listen" and very short, as well. I really don't have much to add on from my original review, so I'll leave it below.



This was more of a "Ted Talk" than a book. Well, I guess it isn't actually a book at all. I listened to it on audible and it was a tremendously enjoyable listen. It had so many great moments that really make you think. Vulnerability is considered a weakness among many people, but she makes a great argument that it's not a character flaw, but one of the gr
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Celeste
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm lying in bed at almost midnight, crying as I write this review. I'm one week out from a painful break up, and I think this book arrived as a gift from the Universe just letting me know that it was right to take the risk to love, even though it hurts right now. Even though it didn't turn out as I hoped, I did as Brene Brown advises: I showed up and was present. I let myself be seen. I really do live wholeheartedly. This is one of those books (lecture series, whatever) that everyone should rea ...more
Crystal
I kept thinking all the way through this audio "book" which is actually a set of talks Brown gave over a period of two days at some type of conference, that everyone (most of all, me) needs to hear this. A researcher, a social worker, and a communicator that is attempting to do what she is "preaching," Brown's message is relevant to every human being if he or she has the courage to first listen to it and then apply it. Half way through this audio book, I ordered her book, The Gifts of Imperfecti ...more
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Vulnerable, open, funny, and heartful.

I didn't know this type of research existed. I'm really grateful I found this book. The book is made of live lectures given by Dr. Brown; so it is better heard than read.

We live in a world where image is everything, and for a lot of people that is just exhausting! We go through hoops to please everybody. We are always anxious and afraid, asking ourselves, what if they think this or that about me? What if they find out that I'm not good enough?
We shield ours
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Claire
Love, love, love this! I listened to the audio version, which is an audio learning course, presented by her as a series of sessions. She balances her own research with other well known authors and researchers, in addition to her own experiences as great examples of how to apply her theories in daily life.

I am a big picture person, and I loved how she could weave together various aspects of our psychology to formulate an almost all encompassing thesis of living life "whole heartedly". From redef
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Ashleigh Thompson
Dec 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love, love, love!!! I listened to this conference Brene Brown spoke at on Audiobook, I really think the content is the same as on a Daring Greatly. Easy to listen to and life giving/changing. Highly recommend!
Linda Hart
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is awesome, as are all of her books, but I suggest if you are going to read any of Brene Brown's books, read this first.
Davina
Oct 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I guarantee you, too, will cry and nod along knowingly to every word of this. Brene Brown is arguably the most important truth-teller of our times.
Johan Haneveld
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book to read again. Deals with the linked issues of shame and vulnerability in an empathetic way, with disarming honesty (Brene Brown practices what she preaches) she lays bare the roots of shame and perfectionism and the way these are everywhere in our culture (and am I cynical if I add: our churches? I think religion often uses these same tactics to keep people subordinate) and points to their effects - all too recognisable I must add. She also as a fellow traveller advises on the way to sha ...more
Susie
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
It may be too soon, as this is only my first Brené Brown, but I am on the Brené Brown bandwagon. I may not agree 100% with everything she said, but I love her perspective on so many issues. The timing of this was perfect. I was just talking about some of the things she addressed with my husband.

I can't wait to listen and read more from Brené Brown! <3
Linda Hart
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite of her books.
Franki Sibberson
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult-read
I did the audio. This is actually more of a series of workshops Brene Brown did on this topic so it is her speaking and sharing her work. Fabulous!
Gundeep Singh
Aug 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite books so far and Brené Brown is quintessential example of wholehearted people. This book is really well broken down into what she learnt about vulnerability and shame in her 12 years of research.
I must say a part of me was shocked by some of the findings, but the other part of me felt how common it was in our society. Her writing is incredibly honest and humble.

I liked that she talked about God, spirituality, faith etc and loved hearing her POV on the those subjects. My favor
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James Fisher
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LIFE CHANGING - not too many times in life have I had an experience like I had listening to this book. I also was unaware that many of our great leaders of today are whole hearted vulnerable people. Of course they are only vulnerable to people who have earned that right.

There is so many things in this book that spoke to me as I believe it would to many people. The major topic is shame and how shame plays a major role in our lives. The book talks a lot about parenting and as adults our affect on
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Lizzie
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Overall I found this very enlightening & would recommend it to anyone. There were times when it was perhaps a little too black and white, and on occasion a little over "Americanised", but not to the detriment of the audiobook as a whole.

My favourite quote about vulnerability, "It's the first thing I look for in you, but it's the last thing I want you to see in me". I think there are few people that wouldn't resonate with. Thank you to Brene Brown for tackling such a challenging, taboo subje
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Joseph Wilburn
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't get over how many a-ha moments there are in this! I got the audible version and it's essentially a seminar series with the author herself. I literally started listening to this when I got to work not really knowing what to expect and could not put it down until I went home (then I picked it back up and finished it!). Too many insights to mention..just get this and go.
Nan Goerlitz
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful listen. There are many things that I've already subtly changed, and I've noticed a difference. This book has led to many interesting conversations with family and friends. I plan to purchase the written book so I can refer to it often and continue my growth.
Jennifer Cataline Walker
I felt as if Brene' Brown was speaking about me, to me...was me.
Shally
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I just feel like I need a little Brené in my life every day!
Jessica
Dec 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Definitely worth tracking down the audiobook. Her story telling is excellent and her connection and vulnerability is palpable.
Polly
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book changed my life.
My friend told me to read this and it would change my life and she was right!! I started listening to the audiobook on this one since it was read by the author, I'm listening along and I'm thinking wow this would be a great book for so and so and then omg she's talking about me but all her stories whether they apply to you personally or not are hilarious. I can't recommend this book highly enough! SOOOOO amazing and wishing for more of her. If you want to laugh, listen
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Allison
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio, non-fiction
Very good. Very poignant. Lots in here to chew on.

It's really a 3.5 read for me, but I decided to round up. I could have just as easily rounded down, but I liked her style, which tipped me up.

I think unlike some "self help" books, this one really could apply to all people. Worth a listen if you're looking for something new and refreshing.
Kaylie
Jan 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.75
Courtney Wynn
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not to be dramatic but I think this book changed my life. Dr. Brown is a shame researcher which sounds like a fake job. Watch her TED talks then start reading. There were many times she perfectly articulated feelings I have felt that I didn’t know I had. Don’t be thrown off by the cheesy cover. Dr. Brown gives great insight into every kind of relationship. Friends, families, significant others, and yourself. Let’s do everyone a favor and everyone read this book.
Kristine Cavey
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Life Changing!
Lili
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This woman is Powerful, her works are life changing 😍
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Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation – Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wildern
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“No one reaches out to you for compassion or empathy so you can teach them how to behave better. They reach out to us because they believe in our capacity to know our darkness well enough to sit in the dark with them.” 55 likes
“You can't numb those hard feelings without numbing the other affects, our emotions. You cannot selectively numb. So when we numb those, we numb joy, we numb gratitude, we numb happiness. And then we are miserable, and we are looking for purpose and meaning, and then we feel vulnerable, so then we have a couple of beers and a banana nut muffin. And it becomes this dangerous cycle.” 9 likes
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