• Men, Women and Worthiness

  • The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough
  • By: Brené Brown PhD
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown PhD
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • Original Recording
  • Release date: 05-31-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.8 (2,630 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

We Are Enough: Engaging with the World from a Place of Worthiness
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.
©2012 Brené Brown (P)2012 Brené Brown
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By Marcia on 08-29-13

Incredibly helpful book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Shame can have devastating energy and effect, and for me it seems to occur around those people that I love the most. I don't want to hurt or worry them when I am going through these feelings. Brene has helped me understand the ugliest side of shame and has giving me the tools to work through those feelings rather then being ruled by them. After reading this book I was able to give my daughters some examples of my behavior that they had a keen memory of and explained that this book would help them understand why I felt and acted the way I did. I went on to explain to them that if they took the time to read this book they would be exposed to an extremely helpful concept that would help them the rest of their lives. This would help them to not only understand themselves better, but to understand those people around them better.

Which character – as performed by Brené Brown – was your favorite?

It is so helpful that Brene is so honest and open about her own experiences. I felt like I was in the room with her and felt such empathy for her story. It allowed me to feel empathy for my own memories in which I still feel shame.

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

The concept of turning shame into anger and lashing out helped me to understand my own behaviors and those of people close to me. I was able to forgive and understand some comments that had been said to me from my mother. I now understand that these hurtful comments were about her own feelings of shame.

It was also so helpful to hear about men's shame. This gave me very useful insight into what drives us in our relationships. It gave me the ability to have much more empathy for men, but for all people really.

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By barefoot rabbit on 01-13-15

Nothing new here.

Brene Brown is great, but sadly, this really has no real new content beyond what you will get in The Power of Vulnerability. If it wasn't so expensive I would be fine with it as it's always a pleasure to listen to her, but this is really not worth the price. It seems like SoundsTrue is just trying to make more money by offering new shorts by Brene that are just more of the same, unfortunately. Just get the latter audio book which is more than 6 hours of teaching, and you'll get all you need on this topic.

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By Ian Johnson on 04-14-16

This Needed to be Written

Would you listen to Men, Women and Worthiness again? Why?

I listen to this over and over again. This is because I like the authors humanity, reasoning but, most of all, stunning revelations.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Men, Women and Worthiness?

It was most memorable when Brene Brown described how men still defined masculinity: to show no weakness, control the woman in their life and have an open repugnance for homosexuality.

Have you listened to any of Brené Brown’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to Brene Brown's book on vulnerability.It is more comprehensive than Men, Women and Worthiness and there is some repetition of ideas. However, I felt I needed to listen to the book on worthiness to understand shame first because it focuses on the subject and defines it.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think I was more shocked than moved when I learned that the experience of shame equates to trauma.

Any additional comments?

This is a great listen. Brene Brown narrates her own work and does it with humour and vulnerability. I've encountered many self help books but I felt she was the only person who understood me. I can listen over and over again, feel better and also get something out of this particular audible book that I didn't get last time.

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By Bernice on 07-17-15

A Repeat

This is not as good as 'The Power of Vulnerability' and unfortunately is a precis of some of the things she talks about in that audiobook. I would recommend that audiobook.

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By Jordan on 05-05-17

Great on it's own - but similar content

Brené is an absolute joy to listen to. She is so wise, so engaging and it feels like she really is a friend. This title features some great advice and awesome content, however I listened to it after listening to The Power of Vulnerability which is more recent than this, therefore many stories and examples are repeated. I thought it was a bit short in comparison to The Power of Vulnerability and I Thought it was Just Me, so while I listened all the way through, didn't take much out of it after already completing those two.

Perhaps this title would be most valuable to men specifically, however I think skip this and listen to The Power of Vulnerability instead cus you'll take the same away from it and probably enjoy it more.

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By Ushonah Hutchings on 12-17-16

Lifechanger Book

Brenè Brown narrates her book in a way that feels like she is just sitting on my couch, chatting to me, about these deeply felt emotions of shame and unworthiness . She uses humour and cut to the chase honesty with equal ease. Each time I listen, I receive a depth of understanding and really useful tools to support my growth and reconnection to Self and others .

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