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Thought-provoking but shallow content
on April 8, 2013
I saw Brene Brown's TED talks, I watched her Oprah appearances, and was happy to pick up her books to read more about her theories of shame and vulnerability.
The premise is thought provoking, the way that shame carves out our lives, and how embracing vulnerability (ie our imperfections) can get us past obstacles and bring great things into our lives. I've read my share of self-help books, and like the angle of shame. It's something we all experience, and see in other people. This was the first time I was asked to carefully inspect the moments of shame in my life, and how they kept me from engaging in so many of my dreams and wants. The writing in this book is also down to earth and easy to read, very personal style.
On the down side, I was disappointed in the shallow supporting material in this book. The author provides anecdotes from her own life to support each chapter. Aside from that, the only other material cited is her data. "My data tells me...." And that's it, that's all the supporting material she provides. No numbers, no additional anecdotes from any of the thousands of stories she collected over her decade of research into this topic. So the readers are left to assume that because the author's name begins with "Dr." and she is a researcher/professor, we need no more information than "my data" to drive home the points she wants to make.
Still, I would recommend this book for anyone looking for some personal growth, or for someone who feels stuck at certain points in their life and want to make a change. I did get her most recent book, "Daring Greatly" and certainly hope there is more substance than what this book offered.
By the way, if you do watch her TED talks and her Oprah appearances, she basically covered all the points already. So this book does not have much new material.