I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough"

by Brené Brown
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I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" by Brené Brown

Researcher, thought leader, and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown offers a liberating study on the importance of our imperfections—both to our relationships and to our own sense of self

The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. There is a constant barrage of social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate. Everywhere we turn, there are messages that tell us who, what and how we’re supposed to be. So, we learn to hide our struggles and protect ourselves from shame, judgment, criticism and blame by seeking safety in pretending and perfection.

Dr. Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, is the leading authority on the power of vulnerability, and has inspired thousands through her top-selling books Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and The Gifts of Imperfection, her wildly popular TEDx talks, and a PBS special. Based on seven years of her ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.

Dr. Brown writes, “We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781592403356
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2007
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 300
Product dimensions: 5.28(w) x 8.02(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range: 18 - 14 Years

About the Author

Dr. Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW, 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 ImperfectionDaring 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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I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
karmacourage More than 1 year ago
Buy this book and go log in to her website - www.ordinarycourage.com - which has a read-a-long that goes along with this book. It is the most interesting, artistic, colorful, and informative website I have ever seen! She has podcasts that go along with chapters of this book. According to her, we all have shame, it is just more destructive to some people than others. Dr. Brene Brown has a special gift in being so knowledgable about shame and guilt, and then relating that knowledge to her readers by telling stories. She is able to explain how shame and the search for perfection negatively affects our lives. Then she tells the reader how to become shame resilient. I had an epiphany about shame when I read this book and it has brought peace and healing to me. I feel like I have gotten to know Dr. Brown by reading her book and doing the read-a-long on her website. She is the real deal.
DavielleCA More than 1 year ago
I purchased ITIWJM (bii) a few months ago, because I joined author Brene Brown's READ-ALONG (an online adventure, complete with podcasts, assignments that were fun, creative and simple - yet eye opening) and I recommend it to EVERYONE. "Shame" and "Perfectionism" are things that affect every single one of us, on some level, to some degree, in some areas of our lives. RECOGNIZING IT and DEALING WITH IT is key to a healthier, happier life and lifestyle. Relationships improve, our physical & emotional health improves, and we can BE without feeling "less than" any more. IF YOU CAN GO TO BRENE'S BLOG, all the podcasts are still available (see "older posts", I think). She's at http://www.ordinarycourage.com/ and you'll be glad you did. I cannot recommend this book, and her Read-Along (which wrapped up just yesterday, 5/29/09), HIGHLY enough. It's been a remarkable journey and life-changing for me. DO LISTEN TO HER TALK ABOUT EACH CHAPTER via those podcasts. It makes the book / her work COME ALIVE.
jmcg More than 1 year ago
Thought provoking and informative. This is for anyone that is looking for self awareness, self discovery and validation/permission for self care. Though the author talks about vaied lifestyles, it is easy to relate to the experience shared.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a life-changer. I looked back over my life and saw patterns I was not aware of. It makes so much sense and yet I never saw any of it until I read this.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That's all! This is a very important subject that is never truly discussed - SHAME. Everyone needs to have a copy of this book on hand and/or Brene Brown's other book, "The Gifts of Imperfection"
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MarieBirman More than 1 year ago
Great book for those accustomed to beating yourself up over everything. Also teaches some good techniques for self perceived social anxiety.
dawson1947 More than 1 year ago
I have not completed the book but so far it has proven to be a pretty good read. I would recommend this book to others.