The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Kobo ebook | September 20, 2010

byBrene Brown, Ph.D.

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"This important book is about the lifelong journey from ?What will people think?' to ?I am enough.' Brown's unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice." --Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection

"Brené Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you." --Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind

"Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené's research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life." --Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she's learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living ? a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her ten guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough, And to go to bed at night thinking, Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging.

Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a writer and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she studies how shame affects the way people live, love, parent, work, and build relationships. A dynamic public speaker, she frequently presents on the topic of shame resilience at conferences and public events. Visit her popular blog to learn more.

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"This important book is about the lifelong journey from ?What will people think?' to ?I am enough.' Brown's unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice." --Har...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:September 20, 2010Publisher:Hazelden PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9781592859894

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Authenticity This book is a bang-up refresher to ideals that I already knew, but have somehow forgotten to practice. "The greatest challenge for most of us is believing that we are worthy now, right this minute. Worthiness doesn't have prerequisites." The messages of this book are important, so very important and need to be practiced ~ not forgotten ~ not avoided. I was most curious about how Brown defines authenticity and her expression on trading in your authenticity. "Authenticity is the daily practice of letting go of who we think we're supposed to be and embracing who we are." Trading in our authenticity occurs when "You stop believing in your worthiness and start hustling for it." I find being authentic and not hustling for my worthiness is a difficult thing to do. Especially, in a society where most are willing to attack, ridicule, and damage a person's self-worthiness, while they are "hustling" for their own worthiness. What a mistake ~ trading in my authenticity for approval! I need to get back to being authentic and embracing who I am ~ I am flawed and that is okay!
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best book I read in the past 5 years! A good friend recommended this book to me and before I was even halfway done the book I ordered additional copies for my siblings. Brené Brown has a gift of being completely relevant to our lives in todays world and writes in a highly informative, yet easy to read way that changes how you view your day, every day you read her book! Reading Brené Brown became the highlight of my day, every day!
Date published: 2016-02-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Definately with the read. Nice easy flow to this book. I've seen the Ted Talks and love the story telling approach that Ms. Brown takes. Definitely some take away nuggets in this book.
Date published: 2015-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It was good. Some of the suggestions were pretty helpful. I found it inspiring. I like to explore new ideas of living authentically.
Date published: 2015-09-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! This book gets right to the point with a lot of personal examples that the author puts out on the line. No one is perfect, but being able to see that the author lived this, and is not just telling us what's what like other authors, is a HUGE and wonderful experience. Much respect to her. She's also a great speaker. Check her out on Ted Talks!
Date published: 2015-07-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth reading over and over I read this a while ago and truly enjoyed it. I've since bought more to share with friends. Learning to truly love ourselves is a most life altering gift.
Date published: 2015-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gave me the courage to be free Much like the author of this book, I am on a path to spiritual awakening. This book gave me tremendous amounts of support and advice on how to let go and accept who I am. I can honestly say I am a lot happier. This booked has helped a lot.
Date published: 2014-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic A real eye opener ! Thanks to Norm Lapalme for referring it to me.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic A real eye opener ! Thanks to Norm Lapalme for referring it to me.
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Gifts of Imperfection Great book with new ideas. Highly entertaining and useful.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Just finished this book. Interesting and thought provoking!
Date published: 2014-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Seriously life changing for me. I suffer from MDD (Major Depressive Disorder) and this is helping every day to lift me back up
Date published: 2014-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I read this book a few weeks ago, and what an awesome and easy read it was!  "Brown" writes in a simple and easy manner to understand. and gives you lots of "AHA moments" This book is a "pick me upper" and reinstates the fact that though we are not perfect, we need to embrace who we are and what we have to offer.   Great read!!!
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from A tough read  The title does not accurately convey the contents of the book.This is a narrative of one woman's struggle with darkness. It is written in first person singular making it an exhausting and irritating tome. I went from reading every word in the first few chapters to skipping to the "point" at the end of the chapters to counting how many times "I" is used in every sentence, paragraph and page. There are many better books out there.
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from There needs to be five more stars!!! This book is a life changer for those who need to find a path to belonging and being enough... clear talk to put you on the path to embracing your perfect life... as an imperfect person... I plan to create a support group around the ideas espoused in this book...
Date published: 2014-01-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looking for more research but.. Brene is full of great personal story that is relatable and reflect a genuine growth from her research insight. I have to be honest in that my initial attraction was based upon the hopeful balance of the science and spiritual reflection. Authenticity, self compassion, and critical awareness are elements I reflect on in my bible readings. I was hoping for more research but still found enough to make the book worthwhile.
Date published: 2013-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very insightful wholehearted ness! I started reading this book at the end of last month and I just finished. I can truly say this read has self-perpetuated me toward living more wholehearted and it has inspired me to be more equanimous with my divine connection, self, family, and friends! Take Courage
Date published: 2013-11-23