I think this is the place to start:
(I access these via Hoopla on my phone with my library card—completely free and never a waitlist)
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 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."
Guidance and Insights for Wholehearted Living
Over the past 12 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 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. Join this engaging and heartfelt teacher on The Power of Vulnerability as she offers profound insights on leaning into the full spectrum of emotions-so we can show up, let ourselves be seen, and truly be all in.
- Cultivating shame resilience: the key to developing a sense of worth and belonging
- Vulnerability as the origin point for innovation, adaptability, accountability, and visionary leadership
- Our emotional armory: how we use perfectionism, numbing, and other tactics to avoid feeling vulnerable
- The myths of vulnerability: common misconceptions about weakness, trust, and self-sufficiency
- Discovering your vulnerability armor: recognizing what makes us shut down, and how we can change
- The 10 guideposts of wholehearted living: essential skills for becoming fully engaged in life
- Six hours of stories, warm humor, and transformative insights for living a life of courage, authenticity, and compassion from Dr. Brené Brown
- Recognize emotional armory and recognizing what makes us shut down—how we use perfectionism, numbing, and other tactics to avoid feeling vulnerable
- Discussing the cultivation of shame resilience—the key to developing a sense of worth and belonging
- Discussing the myths of vulnerability—common misconceptions about weakness, trust, and self-sufficiency
- Defining vulnerability as the origin point for innovation, adaptability, accountability, and visionary leadership
Summarizing the 10 guideposts of wholehearted living-essential skills for living a life of courage, authenticity, and compassion
Spirituality-How It Makes Us Stronger
With her previous bestsellers, Dr. Brené Brown helped us realize that vulnerability is the birthplace for trust, courage, joy, creativity, and love. Yet a willingness to be vulnerable means accepting that life will sometimes knock us down. Where do we find the strength to get back up? In her research on resilient people, Brené discovered a key factor. "Without exception," she says, "the concept of spirituality emerged from the data as a critical component of resilience and overcoming struggle."
On Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, Brené offers an in-depth exploration of this key aspect of wholehearted living, including:
• The spiritual dimension of the Rising Strong process: the Reckoning, the Rumble, and the Revolution
• A sense of belonging-how spirituality encourages us to be ourselves instead of trying to change in order to fit in
• Why the sense of perspective provided by a spiritual practice helps us find meaning and purpose
• "Are we doing the best we can?"-How faith in humanity can help us become more compassionate and less judgmental
• Why the spiritual understanding of death and rebirth are invaluable in the process of forgiveness
On Rising Strong as a Spiritual Practice, Brené defines spirituality as something not reliant on religion, theology, or dogma-rather, it is a belief in our interconnectedness and in a loving force greater than ourselves. Whether you access the sacred through traditional worship, solitary meditation, communion with nature, or creative pursuits, one thing is clear: cultivating your own approach to spirituality gives you an irreplaceable resource to help you persevere through hard times and arise stronger and wiser than before.
We Are Enough: Engaging with the World from a Place of Worthiness
- Summarize the differences and similarities between the experience of shame for men and women
- Define guilt vs. shame-why one is a useful force for growth, while the other keeps us small
- Discuss the four elements of shame resilience-identifying our triggers, practicing critical awareness, sharing our story, and speaking honestly about shame
- Discuss empathy as the primary antidote to shame
What does it take to be secure in our sense of belonging and self-worth? We may hustle to attain this security through achievements, meeting expectations, or repeating affirmations to ourselves-but Dr. Brené Brown's research has shown there is ultimately one obstacle to our sense of worthiness. "Shame is the barrier," she teaches, "and building shame resilience is how we overcome it."
With Men, Women, and Worthiness, Dr. Brown draws upon more than 12 years of investigation to reveal how we can disarm the influence of shame to cultivate a life of greater courage, joy, and love. In this rich and heartfelt examination of this pivotal element of happiness, she invites you to explore:
- The differences and similarities between the experience of shame for men and women
- Guilt vs. shame-why one is a useful force for growth, while the other keeps us small
- The four elements of shame resilience-identifying our triggers, practicing critical awareness, sharing our story, and speaking honestly about shame
- Empathy as the primary antidote to shame"
Whether you are a man, woman, or child, every one of us has the irreducible need for love and belonging," Dr. Brown teaches. "A sense of self-worth, unhindered by the inner voices of shame, allows us to meet that need." With the warmth, candor, and humor that has made her a celebrated speaker, Brené Brown offers a road map for navigating the emotions that hold us back-so we can cultivate a life of authenticity and connection.
Dr. Brené Brown's Ten Guideposts to Wholehearted Families
We all know that perfect parenting does not exist, yet we still struggle with the social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate. These messages are powerful and we end up spending precious time and energy managing perception and the carefully edited versions of the families we show to the world. On The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting, Dr. Brené Brown invites us on a journey to transform the lives of parents and children alike. Drawing on her 12 years of research on vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame, she presents 10 guideposts to creating what she describes as "wholehearted" families where each of us can continually learn and grow as we reach our full potential, including:
- Cultivating worthiness in families-the knowledge that we are each always worthy of love and belongingVulnerability-the key to true connection
- Engaging in creativity and play as a familyPracticing gratitude and joy in the home
- Respect and hard work in a culture of "fun, fast, and easy"
"It's actually our ability to embrace imperfection that will help us teach our children to have the courage to be authentic, the compassion to love themselves and others, and the sense of connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life," states Dr. Brown.
The Gifts of Imperfect Parenting is a practical and hopeful program for raising children who know that they are worthy of love, belonging, and joy.
- Discuss how to cultivate worthiness in families-the knowledge that we are each always worthy of love and belonging
- Explain how to engage in creativity and play as a family
- Discuss how to cultivate a practice of gratitude and joy in the home
- Explain the value of respect and hard work within a culture of "fun, fast, and easy"
- Discuss how to embrace imperfection as a parent and how to teach our children to have the courage to be authentic and compassionate
2010 "The Power of Vulnerability"
2012 "Listening to Shame"
2019 Trailer for "The Call to Courage" on Netflix
Big list of videos:
She has two podcasts:
Note: she has a remarkable set of guests on both podcasts (now exclusively airing new episodes on Spotify) and this can be a good introduction to their work, but if you’re primarily trying to get value from Brené and her research, I recommend listening to podcast episodes where she’s solo rather than interviewing someone else.
Update: someone agreed with me and Spotify now has a playlist of her favorite solo episodes.
(She’s also not what I would call “hard-hitting” in her interviews, so while she’s clearly done her homework, be prepared for some cringe-worthy adulation and missed opportunities to have experts answer difficult questions.)