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The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage by Brené Brown

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 12 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."


For the past 21 years of my life, I’ve never read a book about mental health before. I did not intend to focus on mental health but I felt like there was no better time to focus on it then in the midst of Covid-19 and the civil unrest in the black community due to police brutality and systemic racism.


There are too many mental health disparities in the black community that is not being addressed. The levels of anxiety and depression continue to rise in the black communities disproportionately to those of other races. So when my therapist recommended “The Power of Vulnerability: Teachings on Authenticity, Connection, and Courage” by Brené Brown to me, I found new tools to empower my community, my family, and myself.


For over two decades, Brené Brown interviewed hundreds of people from all different backgrounds about vulnerability. In her discussion of vulnerability, she talks about the commonality among human beings when it comes to being vulnerable.


A compilation of stories, warm humor, and genuine insightfulness for living courageous, authentically, and compassionately is told in six hours which you can listen to on audible.


The book mentions 10 guideposts for living wholeheartedly and I want to share the top five that resonate the most with me.


Top Five Guideposts


 

1. Practice gratitude even in moments when you’re afraid your joy will be taken away


I’ve struggled over the years to accept that I deserve to be happy with where I am right now. I’ve always tried twice as hard to be half as good as others. Call it the overachiever in me but I always was thinking ahead to what I could do to improve myself. But it was never enough and even when I did find those little moments of happiness I couldn’t enjoy them because I was afraid they wouldn’t last. But Dr. Brené Brown’s insight allowed me to let go of the need for certainty and have the patience and faith to find comfort in uncertainty.

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