• Men, Women and Worthiness

  • The Experience of Shame and the Power of Being Enough
  • By: Brené Brown
  • Narrated by: Brené Brown
  • Length: 2 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (5,719 ratings)

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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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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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good stuff, but...

good stuff but too similar to her sessions, The Power of Vulnerability. If you are going to get something by Brené go for the six hour book, much more in depth and live content is much better

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I'm ashamed of my appreciation for this book

Where does Men, Women and Worthiness rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It ranks among in the top 5 of 18 of the audiobooks to which I've listened. I haven't listened to that many, but I have chosen audiobooks very well. This book is excellent.

What did you like best about this story?

That someone else documented the shit with which I live.

What about Brené Brown’s performance did you like?

She was quite a performer. If she hadn't been a white, texan woman with incredible edu cred, I'd have connected a bit better. I'm a white, mid-west, truck driver, with no edu cred, so I automatically hate her and all that she represents. Anyhoo, I liked hearing her. She obviously knows her s*** and her s*** is so my s***.

What did you learn from Men, Women and Worthiness that you would use in your daily life?

I learned some coping stuff, you know.

Any additional comments?

I kid a bit in my responses, but this book was excellent, unless you have not experienced shame......or life, a******.

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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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Great Book!!

If you could sum up Men, Women and Worthiness in three words, what would they be?

Was very glad that this book was recommended to me! And wished I hadn't waited to listen to it. But I'm glad that i finnaly did. Brene Brown uses some of her own storys from her life to help relate the information that she is explaining. I listen to the book and there is a lot of info in there that I listen to it again back to back. And I'm listing to her other books and love all that I have listened to. For me you can't go wrong listing to her books. We all deal with shame and she to me has been the only one to address this. Thanks to Brene Brown for looking into men and how we deal with shame! I love the info that I got from her book.Please keep them coming!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Brene Brown

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

Herself

What insight do you think you’ll apply from Men, Women and Worthiness?

To understand shame and how it plays out in my live as a man.

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A really humbling experience

One of the best things I've read. Deeply impacted by this book. I learned so much about the experience of shame and am so grateful for her take on male shame.

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Outstanding audio experience

Brené Brown's intelligence, compassion, insight, creativity, and humour paves a safe path through the swampland of shame and invites us to walk along with her. Listen if you are sick of feeling like you're not enough and if you want to claim your worthiness.

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Mind-shifter

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

Absolutely! It elegantly and humorously conveys the importance of accepting imperfections within ourselves. More than that, it highlights how differently men and wonen experience the world.

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

Brene's stories make the theory so very much lighter and easier to remember, she keeps you giggling!

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

This question doesn't really apply to this sort of book, but Brene being Brene is awesome!

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended!

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  • MM
  • 04-14-14

Listen now - and listen again and again

I needed this info TODAY and am thankful for Audible's double time option. I sat outside and listened and slowed it down sometimes when I couldn't take notes fast enough.

This is life-changing material. Wish I had had it long ago. The difference between shame and guilt. How to be shame resilient... So much here. Just incredible.

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Short but pretty good.

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

I would listen to this book again. The book was pretty good but kind of short. The book almost totally focused on shame and not much on worthiness. I think she could have added more about dealing with shame and less about what shame is. I liked her naration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

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Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

no

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  • Bernice
  • 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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  • Ian Johnson
  • 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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  • Eve
  • 11-29-15

Honest, funny & so important.

Dr. Brené's books have caused me to really overhaul myself & see the world differently. Can't recommend this title highly enough. Her delivery is so funny & never preachy.

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  • Kate
  • 01-26-15

Amazing!

This tape is such a fascinating talk. It is like a smart, deep but relaxed conversation with a good friend who is receiving all their wisdom to you. It has given me great insight into the shame spiral that has many of us in it's grips.
Shame it is just 2hrs long! ;)

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  • nsdard
  • 09-17-18

I have listened to this audio on repeat

I first Listened to this audio 3 years ago and I felt like I had been punch in the gut with truth.
It is a moment in my life that I can pin point me proactively starting to work on change and shame.
I have listened to it on repeat since and think Brene Brown is the one person I don't personally know who has most impacted my life

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  • Dunmoe
  • 09-12-16

Repeated material

This book had a lot of repeated material from other books which was very Disappointing

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  • ostarr
  • 09-21-16

amazing

This was amazing. really got into it. I really live Brenė seriously powerful words. her research has helped me a lot

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  • 09-19-16

Powerful

Brilliant exploration of shame. There is so much we can learn about identifying shame, our triggers and shame resilience. A must-read/listen!

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  • Mrs Judy Walker
  • 06-09-16

A journey of growth and healing

Full of humanity, Brene Brown's talks are intelligent, funny and warm. Highly recommended. Should be free on prescription!

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  • Witty
  • 04-30-16

love Brene Brown

she opens my mind, spirit, and heart with her insightful research. Listening to or reading Brene's works takes you one step further in self growth and personal development.

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  • Jordan
  • 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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  • Ushonah Hutchings
  • 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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  • Jessica Morgan
  • 10-01-16

This is life changing stuff

I would recommend that everyone listen to this recording as it applies to all humans, men and women alike. Shame is something that causes massive disconnect in this world and devastation in our lives but it doesn't have to be so and you realise this when listening to this audiobook.

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  • jenny nohra
  • 09-25-16

Brene Brown

Speechless and touched my heart in more ways then I could imagine ! I will listen to this over and over to absorb what I need to do to be of support to the shame that has been in me for years and will move threw this as it arrives

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  • Iníon an Dagda
  • 12-27-15

Life changing book (for me)

Brené speaks with a warmth and experience that is a joy to listen to. I had so many "aha" moments listening to her talks that I can never think about my life the same way again.

Highly recommended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-01-20

I am worthy of love and belonging 🤩💛💙💛💙💛

I am on my journey, Brene has changed my life - worthiness in the life of an Aboriginal person here in Australia is a foreign concept. here I am rebuilding and standing for myself for the first time in my life.. this time with a knowing and a sence of forgiving self when I stuff up. I love you Brene .. I want to do my masters in Researching Shame with my community here in Australia. bellehartnell@gmail.com please contact. I need a supervisor. blessing x

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  • sandy
  • 05-02-16

She's an absolute delight

Beautifully spoken, honest, researched, approachable and genuinely helpful. I'll definitely listen time and time again

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  • Amazonian
  • 11-12-17

Powerful! Dramatically helped me on my journey!

Loved it! Extremely relevant. Has given me words to illuminate the path back from the dark place that is my current struggle with Shame and never being good enough.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-15-17

changed my life

forever changed the way I look at both myself and my husband, and how we show love to each other

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  • Lyn Southwell
  • 05-22-17

Will listen to it again.. So rational.

Loved it. I learnt how I deal with shame in the moment. I have sent a link to all my friends & family so they can aspire to less inner turmoil.

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