The Gifts of Imperfection : Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to be and Embrace Who You are, Paperback

The Gifts of Imperfection : Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to be and Embrace Who You are Paperback

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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, Brene 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".

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 160 pages, Illustrations
  • Publisher: Hazelden Information & Educational Services
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Popular psychology
  • ISBN: 9781592858491

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At work, I'm doing some research on authenticity. When are people willing to be fully authentic at work? What are the benefits to authenticity? What are the costs? I read Brown's book to inform my own research, but I ended up finding a lot of insights that are relevant for my own life as well. Brown's work is based on a number of interviews that she has done with people who are living wholeheartedly. (She calls herself a story catcher!) From studying these people, she found that living authentically and wholeheartedly can make people feel vulnerable. It is sometimes the path to shame and fear, but it is also the path to joy and love and connection. The key is to cultivate a sense of worthiness. The first few chapters describe the process of living wholeheartedly generally, while the remaining chapters provide 10 guideposts - practices that support living authentically and forming authentic relationships. I loved this book. Brown writes eloquently about embracing who you are and letting go of shame and fear. She draws not only from her research interviews, but from her personal experience as well. "Be yourself" may sound like simple advice, but Brown digs deep to explore the courage that it take to live authentically.

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Though presented in the straight-forward, chatty manner of a self-help book, I found this work compelling and full of nuance. She's not really saying anything the Buddha didn't, but it's all true. I'm definitely going to be rereading this.

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I liked the way she poked and prodded at what wholehearted living is. She does it in an entertaining way using many personal stories that you can relate to. Wholehearted living is about engaging in our lives from a place of worthiness. Her expertise as a researcher on shame, authenticity, and belonging gives her experiences more depth. This is not a how to guide and she raises as many questions as she answers. Highly recommend this audio and her Ted Talks.

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In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of Wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness.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 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."

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Brown, a persistent social/psychology researcher dug deep into the characteristics shared by people living a 'wholehearted' life. She investigates the roles that shame, vulnerability, and courage play in our lives and outlines 10 guideposts to assist us on the path to wholeheartedness. Excellent.

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