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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

Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?
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Publisher's Summary

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Bren Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares 10 guideposts on the power of Wholehearted Living - a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. We are led to believe that if we could only look perfect and lead perfect lives, we'd no longer feel inadequate. So most of us perform, please, and perfect, all the while thinking, "What if I can't keep all of these balls in the air? Why isn't everyone else working harder and living up to my expectations? What will people think if I fail or give up? When can I stop proving myself?"

In The Gifts of Imperfection, Bren Brown, Ph.D., a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares what she's learned from a decade of research on the power of Wholehearted Living - a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.

In her 10 guideposts, Brown engages our minds, hearts, and spirits as she explores how we can cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to wake up in the morning and think, "No matter what gets done and how much is left undone, I am enough," and to go to bed at night thinking, "Yes, I am sometimes afraid, but I am also brave. And, yes, I am imperfect and vulnerable, but that doesn't change the truth that I am worthy of love and belonging."

©2010 Brene Brown (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Bren'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)

"Bren 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)

"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)

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    Oliver Copenhagen 12-25-13
    Oliver Copenhagen 12-25-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I really, really, REALLY can't get into this book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    It's like being at a dinner / party, with this self-absorbed, rambling girl, who just goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on...

    But – and this is in no way meant as a snarky remark: the book might be best suited for women.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not one from Brene Brown. Who by the way seems to have written like... a million books? I don't believe a person can write so many books, without lots of it being filler content.

    The less books someone has written, can almost be seen as a positive sign that it'll be a positive, interesting listen/read. Paradoxically.


    How could the performance have been better?

    As another reviewer noted: Use a de-easing filter/effect on the voice track. The sibilance didn't help me get through this audiobook. Painful almoSSSt.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Road Reader Houston, TX 03-03-13
    Road Reader Houston, TX 03-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    "No clear path or conclusion"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    There are no useful real-world coping mechanisms in this book. The book isn't much about dealing with imperfections in the world. Rather its a meandering stroll through an academic's insecurities about being a scholar, public speaker, writer, and parent.


    What was most disappointing about Brene Brown’s story?

    After DIG deep hours and hours of fluff, some of which tangentially had to do with DIG deep.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    DIG Deep


    Any additional comments?

    Frame the content of the book in an outline rather than what appeared to be stream of conscious writing

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Yehoshua North Richmond, Australia 01-01-13
    Yehoshua North Richmond, Australia 01-01-13

    I am a retired social worker/psychotherapist/group therapist. I am also a qualified senior flight instructor. I served as an air traffic control officer in the Australian Air Force during the Vietnam War. I am a keen sea-kayaker. I recently completed a Master's degree and am working towards a PhD.

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    "A complete guide to being authentic"

    This book is a must for anyone serious about becoming a more authentic human being. The content is not merely the author's opinion, it based on scientifically riqorous research conducted by the author. It is not only enlightening but also entertaining. The author courageously illustrates her points with examples from her own life. This is a book to be listened to over and over again.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Long Beach, CA, United States 12-31-13
    Thomas Long Beach, CA, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Disappointing personal rant"
    What was most disappointing about Brene Brown’s story?

    Why should I care about a disappointing rant from an all too comfortable life that has nothing to do with mine?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Rickman LOVELAND, CO, United States 08-02-13
    Matthew Rickman LOVELAND, CO, United States 08-02-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Self Indulgent Dribble"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A De-essing filter on the narrators mic. Oh - and it being a decent book.


    Has The Gifts of Imperfection turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not necessarily. Just books from Brene Brown.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A De-essing filter on the narrators mic.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    A few here-and-there. But not worth working through all of the junk to get there.


    Any additional comments?

    Although there are a few minor tid-bits of useful information tucked here-and-there in this book - all of it is overshadowed by mostly self indulgent rambling.

    If you consider yourself a free-thinker, athiest, agnostic, capitalist, etc.. Then you will likely have the same gagging reflex as I did in reading this book. If you accept jesus christ as your saviour and want to stroke an un-accomplished ego... then this book will do it.

    It wasn't completely worthless and if Brene could separate her religion from her science, she might be on to something worthwhile. I have also learned not to trust book recommendations from James Altucher. It's been a while since I have read a horrible book. I guess it has to happen every once-and-a-while.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Briana Myricks Carson, CA USA 01-18-13
    Briana Myricks Carson, CA USA 01-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Book nerd for life!

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    "A Look into Imperfection"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    This book wasn't pretentious at all. It was so...me!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    We're all perfect just how we are


    Any additional comments?

    Brene opened up herself to us and readers immediately see ourselves in her. I now see how I am and how I thought I was supposed to be, know how to change certain things, and can go on living being happy with who I am.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Doug Belmont, MA, United States 03-09-11
    Doug Belmont, MA, United States 03-09-11 Member Since 2010

    Entrepreneur, marketer, Zen Buddhist.

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    "This is a memoir, not research"

    If you'd like to listen to one person's tale of overcoming their large array of minor addictions, going into therapy, having a breakdown, and learning to let go of being who she thinks she is supposed to be, you may very well get a lot out of this book.

    However, this book is positioned as the work of "a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging" who "shares what she's learned from a decade of research". Nearly all of the research she shares is her own personal story. She makes occasional references to her academic research with what other experience, giving some short summaries. She doesn't give details about anybody else's experience. It's all about Brene Brown.

    If you are a lot like the author, whom I'd describe as a woman who is more wrapped up in her own feeling states than most people are, this book may be just wonderful for you. If you're not, if you're seeking actual research findings, if you're looking for insights that are more broadly applicable, pass this book by.

    30 of 45 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Bagneux, France 06-20-11
    Nicole Bagneux, France 06-20-11
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    "average, feel-good fluff"

    I got this book after listening to Brene Brown's wonderful TED talk. There is nothing more in this book than in the talk, except that the talk was 20 minutes long or so and this book is over 4 hours.

    That being said, this book does serve the purpose of a good pick-you-up for someone feeling down. Its message is feel good about yourself, no one is perfect, you are good enough. There's nothing really wrong or arguable with that.

    There are two things that did bother me. At some point she says to be happy all people MUST do creative art work. I don't agree and don't know why she says that. Also she talks a lot about how terribly she reacts to criticism, how devastated she was when some random person didn't like a photo she'd taken, which I felt was kind of like trying to manipulate me into not writing a bad review, it didn't work!

    The reading was very good.


    14 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Ursula COLUMBIA, MD, United States 03-26-14
    Ursula COLUMBIA, MD, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2001
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    "Like content"

    I had a hard time listening to the book. I will need to get the book. Taking a class with Brene Brown and supposed to read the book. I really don't like the presentation. Puts me to sleep and I agree with another reviewer that the "s" is sharp and annoying.

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    Cathleen Corrales, NM, United States 03-26-14
    Cathleen Corrales, NM, United States 03-26-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Important Content but not a good delivery"
    Would you try another book from Brene Brown and/or Lauren Fortgang?

    I found I prefer to read her books instead of listening to them. If she read herself, I would have liked them better.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    She covers psychological territory not often covered by others and particularly relevant to contemporary women.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lauren Fortgang?

    Brene herself. I have watched all her TED talks, and her stories come across as very sincere, heartfelt, and true. This narrator distracted from the message by seeming too contrived, insincere.


    Did The Gifts of Imperfection inspire you to do anything?

    I bought two more of her books.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't use this narrator for Brene's books. She sounds like an actress, which would work well in many works of fiction, but not in this type of book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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