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The Gifts of Imperfection : Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to be and Embrace Who You are - Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to be and Embrace Who You are

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Each day we face a barrage of images and ideas-from society and the media-telling us who we should be. We are led to believe that if we look perfect, live perfect, and do everything perfectly, we′d no longer struggle with feelings of inadequacy. Ironically, it′s the pursuit of perfection that fuels the message "never good enough." In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., the leading expert on shame, reveals that it is actually our imperfections and vulnerabilities that connect us to one another as human beings and make us who we are. In this illuminating guide to WholeHearted living, Brown engages our hearts, minds, and spirits in finding the beauty of authenticity and evolving our self-perceptions through fifteen guideposts that emerged from her latest groundbreaking research. Each guidepost is illustrated with essays, stories, inspiring quotes, meditations, and dynamic creative exercises designed to help us develop the skills to accept our vulnerabilities with compassion and practice loving-kindness toward ourselves and others. We are naturally drawn to those we view as authentic, real, and down-to-earth. It makes sense, then, that we should stop reaching for something ′better′ and, instead, strive to be who we are, fully owning every aspect of ourselves. In this book Brené Brown shows you how.

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GREAT book

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    I saw the author on TED talks and bought the book immediately. I was not disappointed

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        Comments about The Gifts of Imperfection:

        A useful self-help text with extra info on methodology if you are interested.
        Relevant personal examples of issues being discussed bring topics to life.
        For the average person, an accessible self-help guide that highlights negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs in a way that is easy to understand and, more importantly, to deal with.

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        4.0

        great read to help find the real you

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            Great read

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            5.0

            Amazing researcher/author

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              Comments about The Gifts of Imperfection:

              Excellent book - fantastic reading, very educational and informative.
              Ideal for students and adults interested in psychology and resilience.
              Book is a pre-reading requisite for the Brene Brown e-course The Gifts of Imperfection. Highly recommended - life changing book.

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              5.0

              to find your authentic self

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                  I am doing the Gifts of Imperfection online course with Brene Brown on Oprah's Lifeclass. Brene studies shame and vulnerability. This is life changing. Cannot recommend more.

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                  5.0

                  A remarkable, insightful and easy read!

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                    Very insightful guide that every person should read to understand themselves and those around them better.

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                    Very interesting and enjoyable

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                        Interesting reading from a different point of veiw.

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                        Informative and Inspirational

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                          Inspirational for every day life.

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                          This important book is about the lifelong journey from aeWhat will people think?' to aeI 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 "BrenU 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 BrenU'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

                          Prefacep. ix
                          Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
                          Introduction: Wholehearted Livingp. 1
                          Courage, Compassion, and Connection: The Gifts of Imperfectionp. 7
                          Exploring the Power of Love, Belonging, and Being Enoughp. 23
                          The Things That Get in the Wayp. 31
                          Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Thinkp. 49
                          Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionismp. 55
                          Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessnessp. 63
                          Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Darkp. 77
                          Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certaintyp. 87
                          Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparisonp. 93
                          Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worthp. 99
                          Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestylep. 105
                          Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self Doubt and ôSupposed Toöp. 111
                          Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and ôAlways in Controlöp. 117
                          Final Thoughtsp. 125
                          About the Research Process: For Thrill-Seekers and Methodology Junkiesp. 127
                          Notesp. 131
                          About the Authorp. 137
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                          ISBN: 9781592858491
                          ISBN-10: 159285849X
                          Audience: General
                          Format: Paperback
                          Language: English
                          Number Of Pages: 160
                          Published: 4th October 2010
                          Publisher: Hazelden Information & Educational Services
                          Country of Publication: US
                          Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.5  x 1.0
                          Weight (kg): 0.22