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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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Product Details

  • 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 137 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #111 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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By Kelsi TOP 1000 REVIEWER on July 8 2014
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There is a lot of really great and helpful information in this book, particularly about shame, but I found that there was a lot of repeated information from her other two books. However, a lot of the repeated information is probably worth reading again.
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I loved this book, it makes you really re-evaluate yourself, and ask yourself very deep insightful questions. We have to be authentic to ourselves and what we really and truly like, believe in, and have a passion for and about in life. I personally love music, almost all types of music, & it makes me very happy to be listening to, and humming along with the tunes as I do my daily chores around the house. I love reading, travelling, etc. etc. This is a great book to help find out Who You Really Are. There is nothing stopping any of us from being who we are truly meant to be, and it is Never too Late to implement what makes you feel happy and feel fulfilled.
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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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I like this book. In essence, a guide to letting go of who I think I should be and embracing who I am, flaws and all. Well worth the time if you value insight and are looking to build greater self-esteem - compassion. Should be taught at school; as individuals and as a society we'd be the better for it.
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This book will be a part of my every day life from here on out. I want to live Wholeheartedly and embrace who I am and thanks to this book I am taking the steps in the right direction to do so. Brene Brown pours her heart into this one and I can't wait for more.
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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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I love Brene Brown and all her wonderful insights! I'm not sure which book I highlighted more, this book or Daring Greatly!
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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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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