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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 – September 1, 2010
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Brené's 2010 TEDxHouston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks on TED.com, with approximately 6 million viewers. Additionally, Brené gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation.
Brené's newest book is, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012). She is also the author of The Gifts of Imperfection (2010), and I Thought It Was Just Me (2007), and Connections (2009); a shame-resilience curriculum being facilitated by helping professionals across the globe.
Brené lives in Houston with her husband, Steve, and their two children, Ellen and Charlie.
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How did the book address this?
-I think these quotes from the book really get to the heart of the message: "Perfectionism is, at its core, about trying to earn approval and acceptance.... Healthy striving is self-focused--How can I improve? Perfectionism is other-focused--What will they think?... Perfectionism is addictive because when we invariably do experience shame, judgment, and blame, we often believe it's because we weren't perfect enough. So rather than questioning the faulty logic of perfectionism, we become even more entrenched in our quest to live, look, and do everything just right." Brown, Brene (2010-09-20). The Gifts of Imperfection (p. 56-57). Hazelden. Kindle Edition.
-What I got from this is that perfectionism tricks us into thinking we have it all: we can feel connected and invulnerable and in control. BUT, it is ultimately unsatisfying because it #1) it is a lie. We aren't in control or invulnerable, or perfect.Read more ›
If you feel overwhelmed by expectations, get this book. You will be glad you did!
Changing my mind on reading this was undoubtedly one of the best decisions I have ever made and I am a much better person for it. I don't guarantee very much, due to my skeptical nature; but, I think I can guarantee that something in this book will profoundly change you. Perhaps this was done by Dr. Brown's approach of confronting the 'things that stand in our way' of leading a 'wholehearted life'. This is important because thoughtful people need to confront these things in order to overcome them and develop not just a positive mindset; but, a *realistic* one that doesn't ignore the potentially negative cognitions that arise.
Some of my PROs and CONs follow. But, allow me to be clear: if you have just been dumped, divorced, or experienced a break-up, then I think this is a great book for you. Some other titles like to do half-baked analysis of what happened between you two. Some of those books are like your own, highly-biased pep talker ("she was all wrong for you", "you're better off, now", etc.). While well-meaning, this can weaken you going forward. They sacrifice truth and accuracy for 'feel-good' support.
Much has already been said about this book, so I've avoided a super thorough review.
-well-organized content.Read more ›
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I've read more than my fair share of "self-help" literature, so I can assert that this is not a self-help book. Instead, it's a revelation book. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by tech_books_movies
I have read this book twice and will likely read it again. This book is based on years of research done by the author personally. I was very into it and am still very into it. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kitty
I often go through a book's table of contents to get a quick grasp of its premise. My eyes started to leak as I went through the contents of this book, and I had to stop and think... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Joy Guevara
I've read several self help books in the last year. This was by far the most helpful of those. I love that the roots were exposed and explained. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Crystal
Brené Brown is authentic and brilliant. This book, if your willing to do the work, will literally change your life. READ IT!Published 4 days ago by Stephanie Beall
This book is an easy read and I can relate to the theories in it. It's inspiring to think in a new way along with the author.Published 5 days ago by E. Schwam