• Insanely Gifted

  • Turn Your Demons into Creative Rocket Fuel
  • By: Jamie Catto
  • Narrated by: Jamie Catto
  • Length: 5 hrs and 48 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (29 ratings)

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Insanely Gifted

By: Jamie Catto
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Publisher's Summary

From infancy we are taught to edit ourselves, trimming out the darker, weirder, less acceptable parts in order to please others. But this addiction to approval is holding us back. What if we begin to be ourselves, honestly and fully?

Insanely Gifted shows how to transform our thinking and turn our inner demons into allies. How to reframe disappointment (because not getting what we want can be as interesting and useful as getting what we want). Through techniques to become aware of our Inner Critics and exercises such as Full Body Listening, Catto invites us to better know our deepest instincts and unlock our true power.

©2016 Jamie Catto (P)2016 Canongate Books Ltd

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Playful self-help for living a fuller juicier life

"We turn up to work every day pretending we're not neurotic and obsessed and insatiable and full of doubt, and we waste so much energy keeping up this mutual pretense for each other because we think if people saw the truth, if people really knew what was going on in our heads, all the crazy truth of our dark appetites and self-loathing, then we'd be rejected. But in fact, the opposite is true. It is when we dare to reveal the truth that we unwittingly give everyone else permission to do the same."

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Practical spirituality

Jamie's voice is soothing and entertaining whilst delivering an array of highly practical spiritual insights that can be incorporated into daily life.

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  • Karine
  • 07-31-16

Light and deep at the same time

What did you like best about this story?

Jamie walks the talk. He is refreshing. He is not afraid to be vulnerable and share some very personal experiences and feelings to make his point. He encourages us to be walking permission slips and he is being just that for us. He also offers some very practical exercises and tips for us to go deeper and manages to make some somewhat complex concepts very accessible.

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

Yes and no. Yes because it was so enjoyable although spending some time reflecting on how the content related to my own life before getting back into it was very valuable.

Any additional comments?

I'll be doing some things differently as a result of this book and will definitely be a better parent.

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  • pm
  • 04-15-17

More interesting and helpful than I imagined

I had hesitated quite a bit before downloading this audiobook but am glad I did. The writing and reading (excellent narration by the author) is beautiful. There was quite a bit on meditation as well and I found the sections on whole body listening and the inner smile meditation particularly powerful (wish these were available as separate downloadable exercises; the author did mention that some meditations could be downloaded from his website but I found it difficult to locate these). There were a lot of helpful exercises which made me reflect on myself and my actions while listening (I did not formally attempt these though with the exception of the two meditations I mentioned). The reason I have given this 4 stars rather than 5 is because the last 20 minutes or so of the book was spent on a personal activist-y preachy bit which did not really fit in with the rest of the book. It spoilt the book for me a bit but, there is a lot of good stuff in the rest of the book so don't let that put you off.

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  • Tim
  • 09-12-16

Open Your Mind

Free thinkers and those who are prepared to challenge their own limiting beliefs will love this book. Jamie Catto is obviously Insanely Gifted and wants to help you turn your demons into your greatest allies. A truly inspiring book.

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  • Miss S. East
  • 07-30-16

PERFECTLY FLAWED

Would you consider the audio edition of Insanely Gifted to be better than the print version?

The audio and print versions are as good as each other although hearing Jamie deliver a "yum yum yum yum..." might give the audio version a slight edge! ;)

What was one of the most memorable moments of Insanely Gifted?

There are so many great moments in this book and so many practical pieces of advice to take on board and useful activities to undertake that I can't/won't pick one moment. Every chapter is as juicy as the next!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I really appreciate Jamie's honesty and all that he reveals about his own highs, lows, experiences, lessons, challenges and changes. He's completely open-hearted with all he shares and writes about and his witty anecdotes and moving insights are brilliantly balanced. His mix of vulnerability, passion and determination is a gift to the reader.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

How to be perfectly flawed...Maybe? ;)

Any additional comments?

This book is rich and ragged, mighty and tender and so so so helpful and full of love. I love it.

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  • sarah
  • 10-18-16

A fabulous read!

A beautiful and insightful read. Very sound views and advice on not only on perusing your creative ambitions, but living life less seriously and with more joy.

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  • C. Saba
  • 10-15-16

Refreshingly self helpy

A great, authentic, witty and opinionated manifesto of how we should turn up in the world. Jamie offers some challenging but revealing exercises to help us uncover our limiting beliefs and use that knowledge to become unashamedly authentic and powerful. I enjoyed it but be prepared to read this with a fully open mind.

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  • Anna
  • 03-21-17

Soul food

For anyone with the deep niggling that they aren't quite living life according to their innate rule book, dig in. This book is creative rocket fuel. I feel a weight lifting from the possibility of another way of playing the game of Me!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 02-03-17

The best personal development book I have listened to

I have read or listened to many personal development books. Most are based around one or two fresh ideas but then are padded out or overly quote from other books in the genre. This is a stand out book with many ideas that are new to me and that I'm looking forward to try out in my work and personal life. It is thoughtfully spoken by the author

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  • Slayer 2029
  • 08-15-18

Nothing new but well packaged

This book doesn't reinvent the wheel or really bring anything new to the table, it just repackages what's already out there and what other people have pioneered into the authors own version.
It isn't a disappointment by any stretch and anyone new to the self help genre could certainly find some useful tips and insights.
However those familiar with the genre will find it more of the same and questionable when the only real insight the author brings or teachings from himself are games he has dreamt up and used in workshops. It's not that the techniques won't work it's that the techniques are other people's findings which do work, wrapped up in a game the author invented. I don't have a problem he used other people's work/ideas/discoveries & he is very honest about sources but I do take issue with the fact the authors added bells and whistles are not needed to achieve the results and only serve to lengthen and draw out the process and make it more dramatic.
For example let's take the art of getting a male haircut. You go into the barbers, general chit-chat, job done you've achieved the haircut you needed and you're out the door.
If the author were behind it you would have to ballet dance through the door, sing opera while you wait, listen to Beethoven while he cuts and dances around cutting one artistic snip at a time and after 5 hours, a bouncing headache listening to him and your nose burnt by the smell of incense you'd finally be ready to go with the exact same cut the standard barber gave you.
At times I also found myself questioning the authors mental state, perhaps it's just me or perhaps it's intentional to make others more crazy seem comfortable but all I will say is at times he sounds not far from a rooftop, drowning the family cat or living in a padded bedroom.
I think he still has much progress to make himself before teaching others, it's clear at times there are some issues just beneath the surface that are being satisfied rather than addressed.
I don't want the review to appear totally negative or write the book off, it is far from a masterpiece but it does have some very useful insights and thoughts to take away with you and keep.
Definitely worth a listen but don't decide to eat beans and toast for the rest of the month just to get it.

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  • James Duke-Evans
  • 01-30-17

Useful, honest and self-effacing

It's an engaging and worthwhile guide to harnessing your idiosyncrasies to enhance the human experience, but he is a bit of a yogurt weaver at times.

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  • Rebecca Hallam
  • 11-20-16

have already read it twice!<br />

Loved this book so much I listened twice in a row with plans to read again with more interaction and completion of tasks the third time through. brilliantly delivered, utterly inspiring. Loved it.

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