In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené 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, Brené 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."
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"Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené'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)
Wife, Mama, and commuter-student listening on the way to Portland and Monmouth, Oregon. Also during laundry-folding and using the treadmill.
I love the qualitative research Brene Brown founded her book on. I think this adds a tremendous deal of depth to each note of her writing, anecdotes and all.
I find each of her ancedotes memorable, but especially remember her short little stories about how her daughter Ellen has been living out what Brene has been learning and living. Also, the anecdote about the man in the yellow IZOD sweater. Played that one for my husband which prompted some great vulnerable and deep conversations.
Hm. Well, I prefer to hear Brene Brown "talk/conversate" her work. I would say "perform" usually when describing a narrator but there is something so organic and approachable about Brown's narration style from previous work. I feel like she's talking to me on the couch when I listen to Brene. Lauren Fortgang was alright, but not comparable to Brene Brown.
Gosh, as much as I can! I started seeing a counselor again after listening to this book. I have never been great at being honest about how I feel shame. This book was catalytic and healing for me.
Beautifully narrated. I enjoyed how connected i felt to the information and how it felt natural, doable. 'Whole hearted living', naming and bring awareness to what should be natural for us, but we so avoid without realising it is what we are avoiding. This book like each of us, is full of gifts.
A friend suggested I read this book. It is very thought-provoking and eye-opening. The author does a good job of showing us our weaknesses and building our strength. I will definitely read again to reinforce her thought process into my own.
Brian is an avid reader. He is interested in great stories and human behavior. His job is as a behavioral specialist in public schools.
This is an eye opening book. It is only in recent years I have begun to be interested in understanding myself and others in deeper way. My journey started with the book Mistakes Were Made (But Not By Me). This book is the next step. I will be listening to this book many more times. This is a certainty.
I heard about dr. Brown on one of my Facebook groups. The reviewer suggested this book for conquering perfectionism. She was right. I found it to make me remember and think about events and feelings that trigger my vulnerability. I plan to read and listen to all her books.
I have listened to 2 other of Brene's books and they draw you in because it is being read by the author. They are authentic and its doesn't feel scripted. When I purchased the book I didn't pay attention that this was not being read by Brene and within the first few sentences of the book I was messing with the treble as the authors "s" sounds where very pronounced and distracting. As I attempted to move past the "s" sounds the narration felt disconnected, I imagine because I have listened to Brene who makes her own words come to life.
If this is your first Brene Brown book I highly recommended starting with those she has narrated herself. This review is purely from a performance perspective.
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