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The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown
Audible Audio, 2013
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.”
What is the first thought that comes to you r mind when I say the word “vulnerabilty”? Are you like me in that it makes you uncomfortable and want to cringe a little bit? I think that’s the normal reaction to vulnerability. We live in a society that really encourages us to always keep our guard up and be “okay”.
Something I’ve learned in my mental health journey is how necessary vulnerability is to my healing and wellbeing. To me, vulnerability means being honest and forthcoming not only with those in my support system, but to myself. It means taking a good, hard look at myself and my life and saying “I’m not okay” when I’m not okay.
Funnily enough, Brene Brown and her work have been on my radar for years, but it wasn’t until my therapist recommended I listen to this audiobook after a very emotional session in which I talked about the shame I often experience.
And I’m really glad I decided to check it out! Brown works in academia, but she is masterful at presenting information in a very accessible and relatable way. My therapist and I also agreed that she is very funny. I look forward to (finally) checking out more of her work.