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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are [Audiobook] [MP3 CD]

Brene Brown , Lauren Fortgang
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Book Description

22 May 2012
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, Ph.D., 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.'
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (22 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1455884324
  • ISBN-13: 978-1455884322
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This important book is about the lifelong journey from What will people think?' to I am enough.' Brown's unique ability to blend original research with honest storytelling makes reading The Gifts of Imperfection like having a long, uplifting conversation with a very wise friend who offers compassion, wisdom, and great advice. --Harriet Lerner, New York Times best-selling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection

Brené Brown courageously tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life; read this book and let some of that courage rub off on you. --Daniel H. Pink, New York Times best-selling author of A Whole New Mind

Courage, compassion, and connection: Through Brené's research, observations, and guidance, these three little words can open the door to amazing change in your life. --Ali Edwards, author of Life Artist --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Brené Brown, Ph.D., L.M.S.W., is a writer and research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, where she studies how shame affects the way people live, love, parent, work, and build relationships. A dynamic public speaker, she frequently presents on the topic of shame resilience at conferences and public events. Visit her popular blog to learn more. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 27 Nov 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
See her talk on TED (google brene brown ted) and buy the book. I did. There is more in some of her (almost) throwaway comments than there is in some self-help books. She explains patiently but convincingly why you must be yourself: trying to fit in to what you think others want of you is a way to lose your soul. Buy the book because no one else will be so positive about shame; buy the book because it explains why happiness is not enough; buy the book because it's life affirming - she's been there, got it wrong and can tell you how and why.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An important book to me 23 Jun 2011
I originally bought this as a kindle download, but then found it such an important book to me that I bought the hard copy too. Reading it alongside the authors other book on the subject, has started me on the path to feeling differently about myself and helped me to make some exciting changes in my life. Just as importantly, it has helped me to talk to other women including my daughters, about the issues she raises, and have found her findings to be relevent to nearly every woman. Most self help books leave me cold, but this author is definitely relevent to me. The only thing I would say is I am glad I read her other book, "I thought it was just me, but it isnt",first as its weightier and introduces some of her concepts in greater depth. Ideally read the two together and pass them round your important people.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars From encouragement to courage 15 April 2012
By Minty
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Brené Brown courageously exposes the nature and roots of her feelings of unworthiness and destructive behaviours, which she suddently discovers - to her utter shock - in the course of her own academic research into shame. Through sifting through her own experiences and thousands of contributions from correspondents, she forges her definitions of courage, compassion, and connection. She describes how she tackles the dark emotions that get in the way of leading a fuller life full of courage, compassion, and connection. I would recommend reading this encouraging book, as it may help you rediscover your own courage and personal resources. It has certainly encouraged me to read more books by Brene Brown.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberating and full of humour 22 Mar 2012
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Having seen her TED talk on The Power of vulnerability I was drawn to the books and have read this one in just a couple of days. It seems to capture so much of what has been going round in my head but that I had no words for. Finally I realise it is not about being good enough or not good enough. Simply be enough! Don't read this book if you are not prepared to open your mind and heart!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life-changing 21 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't say "life-changing" very often especially when it comes to self-help books, as there is so much dross out there. However, Brene Brown's book is an amazing revelation. I am one of those people who's a chronic perfectionist and has always struggled with just being real, being me, feeling that this is enough. My coach recommended this book around the same time that a friend sent me a link to Brene Brown's TEDx Talk on the subject of vulnerability & shame (highly recommended - google it!).

Her style of writing makes it feel like she's a friend telling you all of this fascinating stuff over a coffee. Her work is heavily research based so I have no doubts about its validity - and the real kicker is that not only is (was) she a perfectionist herself but her research led her on this journey of discovery which resulted in a "breakdown" and a total realigning of her values and ideas about self-worth and feeling "I am enough". I've always found most texts on self worth etc to just fail to hit the mark, but Brown's book hit me between the eyes; perhaps the time in my life was perfect and I was ready to receive the message. I've already had some amazing results having embraced the idea of imperfection and vulnerability, in terms of having some very real, very close friendships develop.

So to summarise the last paragraph, as well as being research-based, she backs this up with her own experiences, as well as countless experiences of other people who've posted to her website/blog.

Where the book fell short of expectations (only a little), is that I don't feel it does quite enough to help the reader figure out how to apply it to their lives.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 May 2011
By Yonmon
EXCELLENT BOOK... I came across the Brene Browns web site via another 'self-help' motivational blogger. I found what she had to say made such sense without using overly academic language. This is the same with book - After recommending to many friends I found many had already bought the book and also thought it inspiring It deals with very personal issues of a persons own self-image and is wonderfully uplifting. She makes overcoming personal issue achievable. Brene Brown has spent many years researching this topic and it was good to read her own personal account of how she overcame and continues to work on her life. I really think that the fact that it is 'easy' and interesting reading helps. Highly Recommended - Wish she'd written 30 years ago!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely 15 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I first heard of Brene Brown on a TED talk. I really like the personable way in which she writes. She is not afraid to research difficult emotional concepts and she includes many personal, brave and courageous anecdotes.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A gift indeed....
I have huge admiration for Dr. Brown and her contribution to the field of shame, vulnerability and resilience. Read more
Published 13 hours ago by Clare Myatt (nee Bowen-Davies)
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
A must read to anyone looking for the true meaning of life, eye-opening, humorous, insightful, inspiring, life-changing. I would recommend it in a heartbeat!
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Published 14 days ago by Candy Adderley
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book
This book really meant a lot to me. I have bought in Spanish too and sent it to friends as gifts. The ideas and the essence of embracing our limitations as humans are very useful... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Nata
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An inspiring read, contrary to many strongly held preconceptions. It takes the pressure off us by allowing us to be less demanding of ourselves.
Published 1 month ago by Frances Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and enjoyable!
Brene Brown skillfully shares her research in an accessible, enjoyable format. I found the book thought-provoking, challenging and encouraging; the stories she incorporates from... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sara Fretheim
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't get enough of Brene Browns work
Brene thinking and her way of getting the message across about some and shame is very enlightening. I really think should be more widely publicised. Read more
Published 1 month ago by El
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved this book, as I do all by Brene Brown. Life changing. I'm now on my second read through, and it's one of those books you get more from each time.
Published 2 months ago by Marnie
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! Couldnt get enough of it
Really made me reflect on myself and the challenges I have with expressing my vulnerability. excellent read. Highly recommend it
Published 2 months ago by Mrs CHJ
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