The Power of Vulnerability – Brené Brown

“We can’t know things like love and belonging and creativity and joy without vulnerability.”  – Brené Brown


Brené Brown – Embracing Vulnerability

One of her related titles:

The Power of Vulnerability:
Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage [Audiobook, CD]

Is vulnerability the same as weakness?

The-Power-of-Vulnerability-audioBrené Brown notes: “In our culture, 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.”

Dr. Brown comments: “The Power of Vulnerability is a very personal project for me. 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.”

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 off 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.

[From summary]

Testimonials about Dr. Brown’s impact on personal growth:

The Power of Vulnerability testimonials


For more about Brené Brown – here are two of her TED presentations:

TED is a “nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader.” [From]

Brené Brown at TED


Brené Brown: Listening to shame

“Shame is an unspoken epidemic, the secret behind many forms of broken behavior. Brené Brown, whose earlier talk on vulnerability became a viral hit, explores what can happen when people confront their shame head-on.”


Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability

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Her book:  Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms
the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

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Her book:  The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think
You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

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