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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden; 1st (first) edition (Aug. 27 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159285849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592858491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (92 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #23 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a member of the research faculty 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. She is the author of I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power, and the new book The Gift of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Emma L. Elsey on Nov. 22 2011
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I loved this latest from Brene Brown.

This book is simple and a quick read - but as deep as you want it to be. There are no quick fixes here - the journey to self-acceptance is a life-long one for many of us.

But there are plenty of signposts, strategies and helpful tips/strategies. There are plenty of stories to help the learning make sense to us. There is plenty of summing up - of years of research - into definitions that give us Brene's understanding of a wholehearted life.

I remember when I started my self-acceptance journey how resistant I was to accepting the power of our irrational and illogial emotions. How busy I was denying shame, the feelings of unworthiness etc. If I had read this in the beginning I may have dismissed it because I wasn't ready to hear the (sometimes hard to hear) messages contained in this book. And I certainly wasn't ready to face the fear and shame and tell others about it!

So, I think this book may be more valuable to those who have ALREADY done some work on their self-acceptance journey - and get the basics - that we are all driven by the need to feel loved, to belong, to be accepted. If you don't already get that (or aren't able to be open to it yet), you may find this too much of a leap into the unknown.

But then that very much depends you!

This book is NOT going to fix you. Only you can do that! But it will give you pointers, support, encouragement and new understandings. And Brene's stories, by showing her vulnerability, give us strength and courage to step out and be courageous, authentic and powerful - just like her!
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By G. Reilly on April 3 2011
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This an interesting book on how to grow into a 'shame resistant' person. It an easy read, the author goes to some effort to normalize the responses most of us have towards criticism that comes from within us or from the world around us. We can all benefit from following the 10 steps explained by the author towards living life in an authentic 'Wholehearted' manner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By lifelong_learner on Jan. 20 2013
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I read this book over a year ago, and I still think about it on a weekly basis. There is so much wisdom in Brown's words, and I loved that it was delivered in an approachable manner. I also appreciated the author's own authenticity in offering personal examples. This book delivered a few a-ha moments, was packed with practical how-to tips, and was overall inspirational in my journey towards self-acceptance. Thank you, Brene Brown.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Gerry_49 on July 6 2013
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I went through an awakening about 30 years ago. It took some doing to toss out the values that I had been programed to believe by my parents and other authority figures. Eventually I became the person I was meant to be and much happier.

Of course, I wanted to share my experience so others could benefit form my experience but found it difficult to explain.

Brene does a fantastic job telling of her experience at letting go of the right/wrong, good/bad and smart/stupid black and white thinking.

The best part is she write like any friend or neighbor might speak
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Merilyne Brown on Nov. 3 2013
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Brene Brown is bang on with her research and writing. I am getting professional help myself at the moment and my therapist is monitoring the course I am taking with Brene and Oprah. She also thinks that this is an excellent book a nd that the information is very helpful and easy to understand and put into practise.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AchilleanEra on March 1 2013
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Easy to connect and get to know Brene Brown. Her writing style is humorous and very 'real' at the same time. Best part is the subject is so very important and gives understanding to why we behave the way we do and why we are all on some level socially anxious. Great book, recommended!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Pingo on Dec 29 2012
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This is the first Brene Brown book I read after I was introduced to her on her Ted Talks. This book was really life changing, Brene Brown is so wise in her courage to share with us her stories of her own struggles. It really gives the reader something to relate to, which is really helpful in seeing how to use the information for your own personal growth. I highly recommend this book and anything Brene Brown has written, I've read it all!
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I love how this audio-book combines research and personal anecdotes to create a compelling explanation of how we sell ourselves short when we lack courage, compassion and connection. I like that it's not a "how-to" but a story (actually a bunch of stories) that illustrates what is needed for whole-hearted living, and what gets in the way. It's reassuring to know that everyone faces similar obstacles, and encouraging to know that one can become more whole-hearted by dealing with them.

The narrator's voice is usually pleasant enough, though she occasionally become obnoxiously perky.

I also like that, unlike other audiobooks I have downloaded, this one is broken down into several tracks per chapter, so you can easily go back and find bits that were of particular interest without having to scroll through the whole length of the book.
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