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  • Publisher: Brilliance Corporation; MP3 Una edition (18 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 146928135X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1469281353
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 1.3 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,059,925 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shame manifests itself in many ways. Addiction, perfectionism, fear and blame are just a few of the outward signs that Dr. Brene Brown discovered in her 6-year study of shame's effects on women. While shame is generally thought of as an emotion sequestered in the shadows of our psyches, "I Thought it Was Just Me" demonstrates the ways in which it is actually present in the most mundane and visible aspects of our lives - from our mental and physical health and body image to our relationships with our partners, our kids, our friends, our money and our work.After talking to hundreds of women and therapists, Dr. Brown is able to illuminate the myriad shaming influences that dominate our culture and explain why we are all vulnerable to shame. We live in a culture that tells us we must reject our bodies, reject our authentic stories and, ultimately, reject our true selves in order to fit in and be accepted. Outlining an empowering new approach that dispels judgment and awakens us to the genuine acceptance of ourselves and others, "I Thought it Was Just Me" begins a crucial new dialogue of hope.

Through potent personal narratives and examples from real women, Brown identifies and explains four key elements that allow women to transform their shame into courage, compassion and connection. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Tami Brady TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2007
Format: Hardcover
It seems like the epidemic that no one wants to talk about. We all try to put this perfect face out to the world. Really, I am the perfect mother, my house is completely clean, I am fulfilled in my job, I am financially successful, I am a perfect size two, I have plenty of time to connect on a deeper level with my loving husband, and I have tons of friends who I share my every thought. Well, that's what we think we should be. The truth just doesn't always match our expectations.

The problem is that somewhere along the line we lost sight of the fact that humans are perfect and our lives are often filled with reality. Try as we might, we are going to eat that cookie (or the whole bag) and gain three pounds. Our chaotic schedule is going to get the better of us and we are going to forget to bake cupcakes for the school bake sale.

I Thought It Was Just Me looks at the topic of shame. For many of us, during those moments when reality doesn't match our fantasy image of ourselves, we feel shame. Shame goes beyond simple embarrassment or irritation. Shame is a form of self abuse where we berate ourselves for not being perfect.

I Thought It Was Just Me is an important book that reminds us all that to be human is to err. Maybe it's time we all stopped trying to be everything to everyone and just tried to be ourselves. Maybe it's time we all tried being kind, compassionate, and loving (to others and to ourselves).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sonya G on 20 Mar. 2013
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I discovered Brene Brown "occasionally", browsing the TED talks. Back then I was passing thru' one of the most difficult periods of my life. Thanks to her books I managed to keep myself sane and focused as well as to grow as person, partner and mother.
Highly recommend all of her books and talks!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tiredmum on 29 Aug. 2013
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I am a mother, wife, daughter,sister,friend, and a health professional. Both professionally and personally this has already begun to transform how I see others, their relationships, how I understand myself and my own relationships.
Yes, do buy organic, responsibly sourced food, live a healthy active life, read the guardian and be a member of the school parents' association whilst maintaining a wonderful marriage, a highly successful career and rewarding social life, but this book may help you understand what might be driving you, and most importantly - for me- help your children to navigate the world- by your own example-to make their choices positively rather than from a place of fear and shame.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Charly on 21 May 2012
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I recently watched this author's Ted talk about shame and was really struck by her ideas, so bought this book. I steer clear of self-help books, and this book does try to strike a reasonable balance of academic ideas and personal stories. Inasmuch as I wasn't looking for life advice (but more interested in her research) it's a very interesting and quite emotionally-rewarding book. However Brown does seem to labour the point rather a lot, which has made me jump ahead through various sections as I've got bored of the repetition of ideas. Unless you have an issue with shame in your life with which you think this would help, I wouldn't recommend this book for anyone with just a curiosity as to what it does to people/society. The Ted talk IS excellent however.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve on 29 Oct. 2012
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I love Brene's philosophy, and her writing style is nearly as engaging as her talks, which more closely resemble a chat between friends.
If you've seen her talks on youtube, you'll get a lot from her books.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By EmmaRB on 18 Nov. 2013
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This is a book every human being should read. Inevitable we all sustain damage to our psyche on our journey to adulthood. Brene helps with the healing.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Sharpe on 22 April 2011
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I bought this book after watching Brene's presentation on TED Talks. I appreciated her enthusiasm, authenticity and down to earth approach so wanted to read more. Her writing style is well pitched, the subjects in the book flow naturally and it's full of insights and practical suggestions. I have learned a lot from reading this; not least the importance of authenticity and understanding in all aspects of life.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Joanna M Morrison on 20 Sept. 2014
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I bought this book along with Brown's two other books. All three have changed my life - how I think about myself and how I relate to my family and friends. These books are the best 'manual' for being a human being in this day and age. I am recommending them to heaps of my friends!
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