The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

by Brené Brown
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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are by Brené Brown

New York Times best-selling author and professor Brené Brown offers a powerful and inspiring book that explores how to cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection to embrace your imperfections and to recognize that you are enough.

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, Bren頂rown, 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.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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592859894
Publisher: Hazelden Publishing
Publication date: 09/20/2010
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 7,233
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers – The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone, will be released Fall 2017. 

Brené’s TED talk – The Power of Vulnerability – is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views.

In addition to her research and writing, Brené is the Founder and CEO of BRAVE LEADERS INC - an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters.

Brené lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 111 reviews.
20MAKAYLA11 More than 1 year ago
This concept is a gem that needs to be studied and practiced! Our struggle for perfection, fear of being seen as "different", fear of being disliked, un-accepted and so many other crippling aspects of "being human" all make us vulnerable to sickness, and misery. This wonderful book endears us to living an authentic life, whole-hearted living and accepting the fact that what makes us different also make us unique and special. We need to embrace our authentic selves and STOP trying so hard to please everyone else by being the way we think THEY want us to be. Yes, it sounds easy on paper but the truth is that, of course, this insight makes more sense than anything else I can think of! This should be on all of our bookshelves!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Realy teaches you that nobodys perfect and you dont have to be and you should take pride in your inperfections once in a while. I would recomend this to a friend
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book. This book has helped me to relax and enjoy life instead of worrying all the time about being perfect. It's high expectations of ourselves that lead to stress/anxiety and this book helps open your eyes to realize you can be who you are and no one is going to care that you aren't perfect. I will probably end up reading this book again in a few months. It has really changed my perspective on things.
Charles_Merrick More than 1 year ago
An excellent and practical treatment of a ususally unspoken element in understanding/treating depression. I have read many books on getting to the root of personal depression issues and this one cuts to the chase with clarity and a refreshing sense of humor. I feel very inspired by the information and instruction in this book and by the author herself. Her description of her personal process with shame/imperfection really touched a chord within me and I am looking anew at my own journey towards a healthier outlook on life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book brings forth a simple, but very important concept of accepting our own self. What makes the book so great is that it is easy to read and relate to because it comes with Brene Brown's personal experiences and not a lot of analytical mumbo jumbo.
room145teacher More than 1 year ago
Have not finished the book yet, but so far I like what the author has to say. The irony is that this ebook has some technical difficulties that have prevented me from finishing it. I'm not seeing the gift of this particular imperfection.
Brasseur More than 1 year ago
I bought this title in book-form for my son and in CD form for us. The author is a brilliant speaker (and writer) and she should have read her own book. The reader on the CD was quite annoying to me --- frequently sounded too perky and not serious. The information is presented clearly and there is much to learn about the consequences of feeling shame and how to work around and through it. The advice is pragmatic and non-preachy. Worth referring back to ----- all the more reason to buy as book and not CD.
MommaC04 More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best "self help" books I've read so far. Teaching me how to let go of preconceived notions of what others have of me and so many other things.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
even if you only have time to read the table of contents, your life will be changed! I encourage you to read it cover to cover. Breathe. And then read it again. Thanks, Brene!!!
EJOB More than 1 year ago
No matter who you are, you should be able to find something in this book to help you with living your life.
Joanne Rome More than 1 year ago
Such an easy yet compelling read.
JenRene More than 1 year ago
If you ever really wonder what makes people truly authentic, you won't have to wonder anymore after reading Brene's book. She so completely, deliately and tranparently shares how authemtically we can find ourselves i f we dig deeply within this complex self called our soul.
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fraskel More than 1 year ago
The heart knows the Truth through Brene's courage and willingness to share her life's work through her own embodiment is truly amazing. Her authenticity is breath taking there are no words to truly describe her beautiful spirit.
lmnKS More than 1 year ago
Brene Brown is a good author. The book is well written and good advice. It's a nice book to add to your collection.
ChrisMayorga1 More than 1 year ago
The Gifts of Imperfection is a beautifully written book that every reader will love.
AceFriedman More than 1 year ago
The concept of this book is teaching people how to have self worth, and how to nurture and develop it. The author definitely knows what she is doing and would like to see more from this concept and would be interested to check out some other topics as well.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Excellent. Motivating. Highly Recommended.
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LifeisgoodinOR More than 1 year ago
This is not only a great book and an easy read, but it is really helpful too! Dr. Brené Brown has a wonderful style of writing that makes her totally relatable. In the book she reviews ten guideposts to help you make changes towards a better life. I've read every page and taken her two part class using this book as the textbook and I highly recommend it as a must read for everyone!