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)
I am enjoying this book a lot. The personalization of the content and the topic of shame brings it to a level of REAL.
The author's authenticity.
Speaking to a parent group not knowing there was an underlying issue.
When Brene shared a moment of shame with her sister.
I loved the ideas and the steps to practice. I felt that I learned some great things to practice.
It was easy to listen to, and kept my interest.
The stuff about how to be helpful when others feel shame.
Too much scientific talk and lots of invented definitions to make a simple point
To a high degree
NOT natural or convincing
The book would make a very sophisticated PHD Thesis and too complicated with hard to understand jargon
Probably my sister who does too much
I realized that I was already embracing the lifestyle she spoke about.
I enjoyed and related to the info in this book. In the midst of my own 'soul work,' this served as a nice compliment.
The naked soul
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.
Characters weren't relevant to this non-fiction book. Lauren brought a good voice to the work.
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.
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.
Yes - just to ensure I didn't miss anything
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.
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.
no - I was happy to listen over a week
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.
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.
A compassionate book buttressed by a scientific approach.
Not narrated by the author; this was a bit jarring at times, as the book is written in the first person.
It took me some time to absorb the book's main points.
I enjoyed listening to this book and found it helpful.
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