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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

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, 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."

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Peg Colchester, VT, United States 01-04-13
    Peg Colchester, VT, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book with connections for courageous readers"
    Where does The Gifts of Imperfection rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am enjoying this book a lot. The personalization of the content and the topic of shame brings it to a level of REAL.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The author's authenticity.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Speaking to a parent group not knowing there was an underlying issue.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Brene shared a moment of shame with her sister.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa 12-16-12
    Lisa 12-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Worth a read, interesting thoughts."
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I loved the ideas and the steps to practice. I felt that I learned some great things to practice.


    What about Lauren Fortgang’s performance did you like?

    It was easy to listen to, and kept my interest.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from The Gifts of Imperfection?

    The stuff about how to be helpful when others feel shame.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walid Hendra, Australia 12-05-12
    Walid Hendra, Australia 12-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Rather a PHD Thesis"
    What disappointed you about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    Too much scientific talk and lots of invented definitions to make a simple point


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

    To a high degree


    What didn’t you like about Lauren Fortgang’s performance?

    NOT natural or convincing


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The book would make a very sophisticated PHD Thesis and too complicated with hard to understand jargon

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Palmer Denver, CO USA 10-16-12
    Carol Palmer Denver, CO USA 10-16-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Definitely a book for Type A people"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Probably my sister who does too much


    Which scene was your favorite?

    n/a


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I realized that I was already embracing the lifestyle she spoke about.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hockey Girl 09-05-12
    Hockey Girl 09-05-12

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    "Good Guideposts for Living Well"
    What did you love best about The Gifts of Imperfection?

    I enjoyed and related to the info in this book. In the midst of my own 'soul work,' this served as a nice compliment.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Mount Annan, Australia 09-03-12
    Janet Mount Annan, Australia 09-03-12
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    "Gift of a Book"
    If you could sum up The Gifts of Imperfection in three words, what would they be?

    The naked soul


    What other book might you compare The Gifts of Imperfection to and why?

    The Shift by Dr Wayne Dyer. It discusses the adaptability of the human psyche and capacity to accept change and find wholeness of heart through connection with the self element and the universal element.


    Which character – as performed by Lauren Fortgang – was your favorite?

    Characters weren't relevant to this non-fiction book. Lauren brought a good voice to the work.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The story told to students when one of them gave Brene Brown insight into her own process and brought out a new perspective. I loved that she embraced the new revelation.


    Any additional comments?

    Brene Brown gives the information in a clear manner with a soul connection to both her subject, her inner self and the souls she wants the material to connect with in her readers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tristan Eltham North, Australia 08-07-12
    Tristan Eltham North, Australia 08-07-12
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    "A worthwhile listen for every mum/woman"
    Would you listen to The Gifts of Imperfection again? Why?

    Yes - just to ensure I didn't miss anything


    What did you like best about this story?

    It really made me take a look at my behaviour and how I interact with my 5 year old daughter.
    I was surprised at how much resonated with me.


    What does Lauren Fortgang bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It was like being at a lecture by the author and I found that I focussed more on the messages than if I was reading it myself.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no - I was happy to listen over a week


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Calvin Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-06-12
    Calvin Ottawa, ON, Canada 08-06-12
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    "Some Very Useful Information"

    This books investigation of shame and imperfection is very good and useful. Got a bit sappy on the wholhearted living stories. Overall it was a book worth buying and listening to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jordana Toronto, ON, Canada 06-27-12
    Jordana Toronto, ON, Canada 06-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "If only Brown had narrated..."

    I am a huge fan of Brene Brown and her ideas on authenticity. Having watched her TED Talks near a million times, with tears on each view, I was eager to see what her book was all about. I could hear her tone in every word- just sad that she wasn't the one to speak the words herself as some of the emphasis was lost.

    That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the book and wrote many notes for myself as I went along. Her account of personal experience makes her theories easy to follow and relate to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dr Canada 06-12-12
    Dr Canada 06-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    What made the experience of listening to The Gifts of Imperfection the most enjoyable?

    A compassionate book buttressed by a scientific approach.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not narrated by the author; this was a bit jarring at times, as the book is written in the first person.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    It took me some time to absorb the book's main points.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed listening to this book and found it helpful.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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