Brene Brown is one of my favorite researchers in the field of emotional study. The Gifts of Imperfection is a great illustration of what it means to life a full life along with operational goals and definitions of words like shame, authenticity, and vulerability. She uses anecdotes and research to make these points in a powerful way.
My only disappointment with the audio book is the narrator, who is not at all a bad narrator, just isn't at all like Brene Brown. Like many people, I became aware of Brene Brown's work after her TED talk went viral ("The Power of Vulnerability") in June 2010. Her voice and way of speaking is moving and powerful to say the least. I was disappointed not to hear her voice on the audiobook since she's inspiring, funny, and kind of comforting to me.
**Campaign for Brene Brown to read her audio books!!** Other than that, I loved it :)
I was looking for an easy listen while taking a brain-break from work. I knew I would have hours in the car and to myself so I read the reviews of many fiction books and decided on this one.
This story is as sweet as it is well-written and smart. The narrator, Kathleen Wilhoite, makes this book extra special when read aloud with her incredible ability to shape a character based on tone and voice. It's reminiscent of being read to as a child, my father creating silly and over the top characters in my storybooks. But it's not over the top... it's just right.
This book illustrates human misunderstandings, misses, and judgments in ways that break your heart. It also demonstrates the payoff of relentlessness and determination, if we have the courage to swim against the current, to continually demand to get our needs met. In the chaos of complexity of life, Bea is an inspirational character who provides lessons of hope for the kid in me.
What do you expect? It's Tina Fey telling you a story...
Perhaps for people who are non-Tina-Fey-fanatics, this isn't assumed. But I expected to laugh through the book and my expectations were met. She has a special way of talking about her experiences growing up that captures the awkwardness of puberty, early adulthood, and monumental embarrassments in a way that only Tina could pull off. I listened while driving and nearly had to pull over because I was laughing so hard... twice. Also contains interesting behind the scenes info about 30 Rock for those of you who are fans. Loved it!
This book is a classic among couples therapists and people seeking guidance in their relationships. I listened to the audio book as a "refresher course" having read the book several years ago. Harville Hendrix discusses IMAGO therapy and the dense theoretical and practical approaches to connection. While I enjoyed the audio book, I think reading the book would be essential to using it as a guide. Hendrix also has a workbook that goes along with this book that can be helpful to couples for the exercises.
Overall, very good listening experience though the narrator has a very severe tone of voice. I recommend it as a refresher or a tool to use with the book(s).
This book is an eye-opening, riveting collection of stories told from the perspective of a seasoned psychologist and her 20 years of experience. As a clinician, it has broadened my scope in understanding the people who have mistreated my patients who seek help and healing. It can be a very helpful reframe from the traditional explanations - "he didn't mean to hurt me, " or "I'm exaggerating my childhood." It made me realize that people without conscience are all around us and they have a huge impact on the lives of the people I treat.That pain can be validated through the use of this book and the knowledge that some people do not feel conscience or guilt in the same ways that others do.
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