The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are Paperback – Sep 1 2010
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--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.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
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!
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
I made copious notes about courage, vulnerability, and living wholheartedly.
Some of my favourite quotes from Gifts of Imperfection:
"Asking for what you need is one of the bravest things that you'll ever do."
"Every time we choose courage, we make everyone around us a little better and the world a little braver."
"The heart of compassion is really acceptance. The better we are at accepting ourselves and others, the more compassionate we become."
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Wonderful book! I would recommend the topic to any woman young or old.Published 8 days ago by Dr. Lily Toma
A great book for anyone who needs a reminder that perfect should not be the goal.Published 1 month ago by Julie Staple
I was very pleased with the product that I received. It was exactly as advertised. The pricing was competitive. And the shipping was expedient. I was very satisfied overall.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer