The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Book - 2010
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When our embarrassments and fears lie, we often listen to them anyway. They thwart our gratitude, acceptance, and compassion--our goodness. They insist, "I am not worthy." But we are worthy--of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love. With Brené Brown's game-changing New York Times bestseller The Gifts of Imperfection --which has sold more than 2 million copies in more than 30 different languages, and Forbes recently named one of the "Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life" --we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world.

A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brené Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an "imperfect" life and embracing living authentically. Brown's "ten guideposts" are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty--a perfectly imperfect life.

Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to "dig deep" and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can't hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.
Publisher: Center City, Minn. : Hazelden, c2010.
ISBN: 9781592858491
159285849X
Characteristics: xvii, 137 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.

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Brené Brown, PhD, 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.


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CarleeMcDot
Sep 21, 2017

I have read another one of Brene's books, so when this one became available at our library I grabbed it up. Although it is listed as a self-help book, I wouldn't say it necessarily offers a step-by-step guide on how to live a "wholehearted" life. Many of the topics (or as she calls them, "guideposts") are things that need to be PRACTICED. It is not a one-time thing that you do and check off your list. These are lifestyles that you should be cultivating and pursuing - such as authenticity, self-compassion, gratitude and joy, creativity, play and rest, calm and stillness, laughter, song and dance. There were definitely a ton of nuggets that I took from this book, many of which I hope to implement in my daily life. I am definitely a perfectionist so this book hit right where it hurt... but was exactly what I needed to hear. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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aewiggin
Jan 13, 2017

Love this book. This book helped me to pull back, and get real with myself. It reminded me to focus on what matters and let go of what I can't control.

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bjustin
Sep 05, 2015

I've been challenging myself to grow over the past 8 years especially, with an enthusiasm for meditation and right living. This book offers a unique medicine we are not getting from other sources--namely, confronting the "boggie-man" of shame with courage and skill. I enjoy how the author uses so many personal testimonies because after all, that's where the nitty-gritty of growing occurs. In all the little moments we triumph over the epidemic of shame in our culture. She teaches about connection, and what better way to not feel alone in your shame if someone gives plenty of examples about facing it in their own lives. To me this proves that Brene walks the walk and is not just intellectualizing everything. Authentic, beautiful, and powerful. The real deal.

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obymak
Aug 11, 2015

Made me look within myself and embrace my imperfections.
Be who I am!

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firstbestdan
May 02, 2015

I wanted to underline the whole book...

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FRIEDNOT1
Mar 26, 2015

I am a full time psychotherapist with 34 years experience and 6 years of university training. I regularly assign this woman,s books/tapes to my patience......and I keep a copy of her tapes in both my vehicles.

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brandysteffen
Jul 21, 2014

I really loved this book and connected with it on so many levels. I recommend it.

Nan99 Feb 27, 2014

Couldn't finish this book due to boredom. Nothing new here

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shenyan01
Feb 10, 2014

I had a high expectation but am disappointed. As a professor doing teaching and research, I understand that the author discusses main point through talking about her own experience is to avoid the tendency of teaching the readers. However, she just talks tooooooo much about herself. Also, she repeated mentioned the shame research and how people resist the idea, it also makes me uncomfortable. I do not have any preposition in loving or hating shame research, assuming that I probably dislike this topic and attempting to persuade me into believing her research topic is extremely important, to me, made me tired in reading it till the end.

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Toonie21
May 20, 2013

This was recommend by a colleague. I found it difficult to get into as the author references frequently her own issues. Maybe if you are a perfectionist its a good read.

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