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  • Paperback: 137 pages
  • Publisher: Hazelden Information & Educational Services; 1st Edition edition (1 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159285849X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592858491
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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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

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'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 bestselling 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 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 bestselling author of The Dance of Anger and The Dance of Connection) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful By K. Walton on 27 Nov. 2011
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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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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Yonmon on 10 May 2011
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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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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Ash D. on 21 Jun. 2012
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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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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 23 Jun. 2011
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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Victoria Lamb on 15 May 2012
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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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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 3 May 2011
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I'm not going to add anything about the book content, I think the other reviews give enough information there. Instead I'll tell you what reading the book has done for me. Before I read this book I was knee deep in shame and misery and wondered where to find the help I needed. I have read plenty of 'self-help' books but I have never read anything that inspired me to change how I viewed myself and the world so much. I've also read Brené's other book - I Thought It Was Just Me... and this is another must read, but if you have to choose then 'The Gifts of Imperfection' is the one. Whilst it doesn't replace therapy and having good support networks it certainly enables you to work out why you're worth working for. I've given copies to people and recommended the book to others.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Minty on 15 April 2012
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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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