I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" by Brené Brown

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am…

byBrené Brown

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Researcher, thought leader, and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown offers a liberating study on the importance of our imperfections—both to our relationships and to our own sense of self

The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. There is a constant barrage of social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate. Everywhere we turn, there are messages that tell us who, what and how we’re supposed to be. So, we learn to hide our struggles and protect ourselves from shame, judgment, criticism and blame by seeking safety in pretending and perfection.

Dr. Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, is the leading authority on the power of vulnerability, and has inspired thousands through her top-selling books Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and *The Gifts of Imperfection*, her wildly popular TEDx talks, and a PBS special. Based on seven years of her ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.

Dr. Brown writes, “We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”

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Title:I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am…Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 1, 2007Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I just finished this book and loved it. She has put words to feelings I couldn't describe and now see as shame. She explains everything in very relatable ways, and gives specific action points and ways to cope and become resilient towards shame.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Eye Opening! This book helps to break down the many thoughts going on in your head and helps to navigate the how and why of our feelings and emotions in the 21st century. Love Brene!
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Very Valuable Insight Into A Little Talked About Aspect of Humanity I realized pretty quickly into the book that this was written specifically for women, but I figured that I would read on anyways and see what Dr Brown had to say. The book was very informative and well written and I am left agreeing with her last chapter that while this book was written for women due to her research focusing on women shame is definitely the same in men. The societal pressures are different but the core emotions and reactions appear to be very much the same (at least anecdotally). I am very interested to see what insights her newer research in this area will bring us.
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It might be just me, but.... A great, informational read. Brene Brown has a way of writing that flows really well. She gives you smart, thought provoking information in a way that is really easy to grasp. Relatable interviews and examples coupled with great tips and tricks to combating shame.Will be the first of many reads by her.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly recommend I recommend this book! Not only did I first believe shame and vulnerability were completel different but didn't realize how it was impacting my life! Make 2017 a year focused on you- recommend all Brene books!
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Highly Recommended In light of her academic and practical experience, Brene Brown has the ability to discuss the topics of vulnerability and shame with nuanced precision that does not bore or exhaust the reader. Instead, her spot-on analysis draws the reader in, as s/he would find oneself invested in the discussion. I highly recommend Brown's books, as they truly help towards understanding ourselves better.
Date published: 2017-01-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Inspiring and thought provoking Hit home and was hard to read at times, but a powerful book
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I didn't know what to expect I originally bought this ebook thinking it was about a different topic. This book is about shame. I had no idea what shame was, or how it deeply effects people daily. I learned a lot about what it is to feel shame, to cause shame to others, and how to be resilient against shame and to avoid shaming others. I think this is an important aspect to know when we look to connect with others, instead of trying to be better than others.
Date published: 2014-10-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting & thought provoking I read it over a number of months but was just as engaged every time I picked it up. Looking forward to learning more about men and shame. I wonder about cross cultural research. Esp in countries at different ends of Hofstede's continuums. Will definitely read more from Brene Brown.
Date published: 2014-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First book in the journey home This book, and the two following, is about being the best you can be without referring to others for acceptance... I am deep in Brene Browns' online course and she often references this book... it is a supportive book and inspires us to look at our past, briefly... embrace our improvable present and face the future unafraid... I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a way to change their future as they heal from their past.
Date published: 2014-02-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Might Just Be Me :) As I write this review I will admit that I am only half way through the book, but that is part and parcel as to why I felt I should write. I am certainly one always open to a self help....and the title and recommendation from a friend is really what drove my acquisition of this book. The first chapter....amazing!!! .... It spoke volumes to what I was feeling....but as I have progressed into the middle of the book, it's really been a very wonderfully executed piece of work. The author has done extensive research into the topic and has quite a lot of substantiating resources for her work. That is, unfortunately, where she has lost me. I have lost a bit of the appeal into the help for myself and feel a bit lost in the research and applicability of that in a science sense.... My conclusion is that my feelings around this topic are not deep seeded enough for the book and I would highly recommend this to people who are seriously dealing with the issues she has addressed, however, for myself, I have recognized from the readings, that this is not an issue that I need to go deep with. So on that note, highly recommended for therapeutic and self help purposes for those that are struggling, and I felt the exploration of this topic was of great benefit for myself to gauge the depth of my emotions around this topic.
Date published: 2013-09-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read for every woman I found this to be a practical guide that was presented clearly and easy to understand. If you struggle with anxiety, depression or lack self esteem, this book is for you. Brene Brown, an expert in the Social Work field has studied every aspect of what causes us to experience shame and gives us the tools to address that shame in a healthy, positive manner. I found this book to be one I had a hard time putting down because in each paragraph I read, I could see myself. Definitely a must read.
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