The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection

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

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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 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 ten 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.
Publisher: Center City, Minnesota : Hazelden Publishing, [2010]
Copyright Date: ©2010
ISBN: 9781592858491
159285849X
Call Number: 158 B87742g 2010
Characteristics: xvii, 137 pages ; 23 cm

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Brown emphasizes that above all other ingredients of living an emotionally healthy life is the importance of loving ourselves. She intersperses her own personal journey with research and clinical observations of others of the work of living a wholehearted life, or engaging in our lives from a pla... Read More »


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VaughanPLKatherine Apr 21, 2020

I feel like this book REALLY resonated with me. There were lots of "AHA" moments that made me actually lean into my feelings. Some themes Brene speaks about are uncertainty, self-doubt, perfectionism, and shame. What motivates these feelings? What behaviors or actions do these feelings motivate? What thoughts lead to these feelings?
She also provides lots of additional reading.

I highly encourage to give this book a try.

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des01
Mar 05, 2020

Too much blah blah blah blah. A friend referred me to the book stating it helped her deal with her perfectionist traits. Not for me.

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MEILEEANDERSON
Feb 15, 2020

This was my first Brene' Brown book. I rather liked it. Having watched the author speak at a Ted Talk I found myself appreciating her willingness and skill at exploring tough topics like shame, guilt, and vulnerability. I liked the way the author spoke weaving research with personal stories. I sought out a few podcasts to hear more and eventually found my nose buried deep in one of her books. She knows her voice and she writes exactly as she speaks.

Gina_Vee Jan 24, 2019

Brene Brown's books are just so good at helping you to take a step back from the situation and get real with yourself.

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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 "boogie-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.

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