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The Gifts of Imperfection : Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are - Brené Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection

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

Paperback Published: 7th December 2010
ISBN: 9781592858491
Number Of Pages: 220

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Popular writer, researcher, and educator Brené Brown offers an interactive guide that-through stories, meditations, and creative activities-helps us embrace our flaws and live an authentic life. When our embarrassments and fears lie, we often listen to them anyway. They thwart our gratitude, acceptance, and compassion-our goodness. They insist, “I am not worthy.” But we are worthy-of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love. With Brené Brown's game-changing New York Times bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection-which has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages, and Forbes recently named one of the "Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life"-we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world. A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an “imperfect” life and embracing living authentically. Brown's “ten guideposts” are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty-a perfectly imperfect life. Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to “dig deep” and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can't hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.

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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 "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

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: 220
Published: 7th December 2010
Publisher: HAZELDEN EDUC MATERIALS
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.3  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25

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Brené Brown

About the Author


Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. 

She has spent the last two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame and empathy, and is the author of four #1 New York Times bestsellers: Braving the Wilderness, The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly and Rising Strong. Brené's TED talk, ‘The Power of Vulnerability’, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with 35 million views. Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

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