The Gifts of Imperfection: 10th Anniversary Edition: Features a new foreword and brand-new tools

The Gifts of Imperfection: 10th Anniversary Edition: Features a new foreword and brand-new tools

by Brené Brown


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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • In hardcover for the first time, this tenth-anniversary edition of the game-changing #1 New York Times bestseller features a new foreword and brand-new tools to make the work your own.

For over a decade, Brené Brown has found a special place in our hearts as a gifted mapmaker and a fellow traveler. She is both a social scientist and a kitchen-table friend whom you can always count on to tell the truth, make you laugh, and, on occasion, cry with you. And what’s now become a movement all started with The Gifts of Imperfection, which has sold more than two million copies in thirty-five different languages across the globe.

What transforms this book from words on a page to effective daily practices are the ten guideposts to wholehearted living. The guideposts not only help us understand the practices that will allow us to change our lives and families, they also walk us through the unattainable and sabotaging expectations that get in the way.

Brené writes, “This book is an invitation to join a wholehearted revolution. A small, quiet, grassroots movement that starts with each of us saying, ‘My story matters because I matter.’ Revolution might sound a little dramatic, but in this world, choosing authenticity and worthiness is an absolute act of resistance.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780593133583
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/08/2020
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 4,843
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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 is also a visiting professor in management at the University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business. Brown has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of five #1 New York Times bestsellers: The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and her latest book, Dare to Lead, which is the culmination of a seven-year study on courage and leadership. She hosts the Unlocking Us and Dare to Lead podcasts, and her TEDx talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world with more than 50 million views. She is also the first researcher to have a filmed lecture on Netflix. The Call to Courage special debuted on the streaming service on April 19, 2019. Brené Brown lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve. They have two children, Ellen and Charlie.

Table of Contents

10th Anniversary Note from Brené xiii

Preface xxi

Introduction: Wholehearted Living 3

Courage, Compassion, and Connection: The Gifts of Imperfection 11

Exploring the Power of Love, Belonging, and Being Enough 32

The Things That Get in the Way 43

Guidepost #1 Cultivating Authenticity: Letting Go of What People Think 66

Guidepost #2 Cultivating Self-Compassion: Letting Go of Perfectionism 74

Guidepost #3 Cultivating a Resilient Spirit: Letting Go of Numbing and Powerlessness 84

Guidepost #4 Cultivating Gratitude and Joy: Letting Go of Scarcity and Fear of the Dark 101

Guidepost #5 Cultivating Intuition and Trusting Faith: Letting Go of the Need for Certainty 113

Guidepost #6 Cultivating Creativity: Letting Go of Comparison 120

Guidepost #7 Cultivating Play and Rest: Letting Go of Exhaustion as a Status Symbol and Productivity as Self-Worth 127

Guidepost #8 Cultivating Calm and Stillness: Letting Go of Anxiety as a Lifestyle 134

Guidepost #9 Cultivating Meaningful Work: Letting Go of Self-Doubt and "Supposed To" 141

Guidepost #10 Cultivating Laughter, Song, and Dance: Letting Go of Being Cool and "Always in Control" 149

Final Thoughts 159

About the Research Process: For Thrill-Seekers and Methodology Junkies 163

Acknowledgments 169

Notes 171

About the Author 177

Integration Index 179

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