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The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

By Brene Brown

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Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: United States, 01 October 2010
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, Brene 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".

About the Author

Brene Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a writer, researcher, and educator. She is a member of the research faculty at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work where she has spent the past ten years studying connection - specifically authenticity, belonging, and shame, and the effect these powerful emotions have on the way we live, love, parent, work, and build relationships. Social Media and Online: Facebook Brene Brown Twitter @brenebrown YouTube brene brown


"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 "Brene 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 Brene'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

EAN: 9781592858491
ISBN: 159285849X
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing & Educational Services
Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.3 x 1.1 centimetres (0.17 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Melissa Slyney on
A book that everyone should read. I am not one to read "self help" books and I actually bought this one for my husband. He recommended that I read it and we have since been recommending to our families. Well worth purchasing
Kim Gould on
I think Brene Brown should get the Nobel Peace Prize. Her awkwardness and honesty in sharing how she comes to her material is awe inspiring. We cringe along with her, in a shared experience of imperfection. She is a woman on a mission that she would have preferred not to have taken up, and she is doing a miraculous job. Wanting to stay with the science and continually finding that it leads her into the wilderness of her own perceived faults, Brene fights her way to wholeness and brings love and joy into the readers life as she does so. If you want to know how to embrace yourself and live a fuller and happier life, Brene Brown can show you the way.
S. Northover on
This is the most interesting book I have read in a while, I found that it was hard to put down. I think it is a good read for everyone interested in learning about themselves and others.
Judith szucs on
One of those books I would like to purchase a case of and hand around on every occasion !
Warren Wilson on
The Gifts of Imperfection was a great read for me. I began to realise I am OK just the way I am without having to change "me"
Cheers and thanks
Kathryn Gresham on
A wonderful book. I recommend it wholeheartedly.
Rhonda Brown on
What a brilliant book. Easy to read and implement suggestions to live and embrace who you are
Kirsten Burt on
Loved loved loved worth a read

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