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The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings of Authenticity, Connections and Courage

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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 May 2013)
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Ruth ~ Lady of Radiant Joy ~ Davidson 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 inspirin…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)
Ruth ~ Lady of Radiant Joy ~ Davidson 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 l…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)

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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
Kalyn Nicholson
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Highly suggest listening to the audio version. Brené Brown is amazing, relatable and fearless in cutting through our normal tendencies and behaviours to show how we've become wired the way that we are, how normal it is and how to ease off the gas pedal to allow ourselves to open up.
Will have this one on repeat for years to come.
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
#mystrangereading The Power of Vulnerability by Brené Brown. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Brené Brown: You are my queen. I will read, listen and follow you in any direction your research takes you. You are amazing.

As I stated when I first started listening to this audible, I don’t really think a collection of her talks should count as a book, but if GR wants to count it and let me review it, I’m here for it. 🤩

This collection of talks was powerful and so interesting. These talks come right before Daring Greatly was
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
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,
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
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
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. ...more
Allison Hurd
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction
This was really good. Humorous, insightful and resonant, Dr. Brown looks at data and makes it human. I like that she refused to engage in how to, and instead focused on thought process and areas that we need to address in ourselves. So much of this was somewhat revelatory for me, and several times I felt a bit called out (like the cult of exhaustion and productivity--case in point, I was listening to this while cleaning and cooking and working on a gift for a friend. Because just listening to a ...more
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
Dec 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fav-psychology
Learned some big things in this audiobook, probably worth another listen.

Empathy is when you feel WITH someone, Sympathy is when you feel FOR someone. Talks a lot about how vulnerability is strength because we put ourselves out there in a brave position with the hope that the outcome will be better. It's bad when others use others vulnerable moments against them.

Guilt, shame, embarrassment, what are the differences and why does it matter?

Being vulnerable with strangers
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this book six stars, I would. I cannot remember another book that struck me as so important that the moment I finished I started again from the beginning; I just finished my second listening in less than a week.

For context, I had heard of Dr. Brene Brown's work for many years, but never explored her work on my own until I happened to see this audiobook on sale - my only regret is that I had not found it sooner. In a series of lectures, the world's expert in shame research covers
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!
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is a must read! I would give it 6-stars if Goodreads let me :) Quick side note: I listened to the book on Audible. The book is a collection of 6 lectures by the author. And she is a great speaker! I highly recommend listening to the book.

I had to listen to this book thrice. The first read made me realize what a giant ass I have been to everyone, including the people who I love and care for the most. It helped me realize the giant role that judgement and shame play in my thinking. It w
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
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.
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brown gets to the heart of shame that prevents us from deep connections and vulnerability There was some ugly crying involved, but realizing that shame was a large part of the way many of us were raised was eye opening and life changing. I did this as an audio because the author presents with great humor, sensitivity and self-deprecation in a healthy and positive way.
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. ...more
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.
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!
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this 6 part series on audible and it was very good. Completely worthwhile. She's funny and interesting and has some great insights. ...more
Linda Hart
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think this is my favorite of her books.
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I listened to this book in the car. I gained so much from listening to these wise words from Brene Brown.
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
Snorre Lothar von Gohren Edwin
Amazing stuff! Will relisten to this over and over! Worth following this woman and her research. She talks about a core problem in humanity in a very fun, straightforward way!
I don't say this lightly: this book is genuinely life-changing. Will literally be recommending this to every person in my life who listens to audiobooks. ...more
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
Shahad Al Melhem
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
As an attorney, I aspire to be anything but vulnerable. I read books on how to detach yourself from emotion and how vulnerability is weakness. I even worked towards disaffiliating myself from it. Here, Brene, tells me everything I’ve been working towards is wrong. Regardless of whether I agree with everything she says on the power of vulnerability, she indeed brings up compelling arguments. I urge people to read her findings and listen to her Ted talks. She has something valuable to offer and th ...more
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 subject.
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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. Brené is also a visiting professor in management at The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of

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“Oversharing? Not vulnerability; I call it floodlighting. ... A lot of times we share too much information as a way to protect us from vulnerability, and here's why.

I'm scared to let you know that I just wrote this article and I'm under total fire for it and people are making fun of me and I'm feeling hurt -- the same thing that I told someone in an intimate conversation. So what I do is I floodlight you with it - I don't know you very well or I'm in front of a big group, or it's a story that I haven't processed enough to be sharing with other people - and you immediately respond "hands up; push me away" and I go, "See? No one cares about me. No one gives a s*** that I'm hurting. I knew it."

It's how we protect ourselves from vulnerability. We just engage in a behavior that confirms our fear.”
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