The Gifts of Imperfection

The Gifts of Imperfection

Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

Book - 2010
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Brown reveals that it is actually our imperfections and vulnerabilities that connect us to one another as human beings and make us who we are. We are naturally drawn to those we view as authentic, real, and down-to-earth. It makes sense, then, that we should stop reaching for something 'better' and, instead, strive to be who we are, fully owning every aspect of ourselves.
Publisher: Center City, Minn. : Hazelden, c2010.
ISBN: 9781592858491
159285849X
Characteristics: xvii, 137 p. ; 23 cm.

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CarleeMcDot
Sep 21, 2017

I have read another one of Brene's books, so when this one became available at our library I grabbed it up. Although it is listed as a self-help book, I wouldn't say it necessarily offers a step-by-step guide on how to live a "wholehearted" life. Many of the topics (or as she calls them, "guideposts") are things that need to be PRACTICED. It is not a one-time thing that you do and check off your list. These are lifestyles that you should be cultivating and pursuing - such as authenticity, self-compassion, gratitude and joy, creativity, play and rest, calm and stillness, laughter, song and dance. There were definitely a ton of nuggets that I took from this book, many of which I hope to implement in my daily life. I am definitely a perfectionist so this book hit right where it hurt... but was exactly what I needed to hear. I would give it a 9 out of 10.

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aewiggin
Jan 13, 2017

Love this book. This book helped me to pull back, and get real with myself. It reminded me to focus on what matters and let go of what I can't control.

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StarGladiator
Sep 05, 2015

The description says:
// Each day we face a barrage of images and messages from society and the media telling us who, what, and how we should be. \\
The media? You mean those 6 corporations which own all the media? Oh wait! When you research further, it appears that four investment firms actually own those 6 corporations and the top 200 newspapers in America: BlackRock, Vanguard Group, State Street and Fidelity [FMR LLC] - - and since we don't know who their major investors are, it is Secret People who are actually telling us what to believe. [I have no opinion on this book.]

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bjustin
Sep 05, 2015

I've been challenging myself to grow over the past 8 years especially, with an enthusiasm for meditation and right living. This book offers a unique medicine we are not getting from other sources--namely, confronting the "boggie-man" of shame with courage and skill. I enjoy how the author uses so many personal testimonies because after all, that's where the nitty-gritty of growing occurs. In all the little moments we triumph over the epidemic of shame in our culture. She teaches about connection, and what better way to not feel alone in your shame if someone gives plenty of examples about facing it in their own lives. To me this proves that Brene walks the walk and is not just intellectualizing everything. Authentic, beautiful, and powerful. The real deal.

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obymak
Aug 11, 2015

Made me look within myself and embrace my imperfections.
Be who I am!

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firstbestdan
May 02, 2015

I wanted to underline the whole book...

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FRIEDNOT1
Mar 26, 2015

I am a full time psychotherapist with 34 years experience and 6 years of university training. I regularly assign this woman,s books/tapes to my patience......and I keep a copy of her tapes in both my vehicles.

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brandysteffen
Jul 21, 2014

I really loved this book and connected with it on so many levels. I recommend it.

Nan99 Feb 27, 2014

Couldn't finish this book due to boredom. Nothing new here

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shenyan01
Feb 10, 2014

I had a high expectation but am disappointed. As a professor doing teaching and research, I understand that the author discusses main point through talking about her own experience is to avoid the tendency of teaching the readers. However, she just talks tooooooo much about herself. Also, she repeated mentioned the shame research and how people resist the idea, it also makes me uncomfortable. I do not have any preposition in loving or hating shame research, assuming that I probably dislike this topic and attempting to persuade me into believing her research topic is extremely important, to me, made me tired in reading it till the end.

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