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I Thought it Was Just Me (but it Isn'T): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power

I Thought it Was Just Me (but it Isn'T): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy and Power
 

While shame is generally thought of as an emotion sequestered in the shadows of our psyches, this title demonstrates the ways in which it is actually present in the mundane and visible aspects of our lives. It illuminates the myriad shaming influences that dominate our culture an... read full description below.

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ISBN 9781592403356
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Published 11 October 2011 by Misc - United Book Distributor
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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Author(s) By Brown, Brene
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ISBN-13 9781592403356
ISBN-10 1592403352
Stock Available
Status In stock at publisher; ships 6-12 working days
Publisher Misc - United Book Distributor
Imprint Gotham Books
Publication Date 11 October 2011
International Publication Date 1 January 2008
Publication Country United States United States
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
Author(s) By Brown, Brene
Category Assertiveness, Motivation & Self-Esteem
Number of Pages 336
Dimensions Width: 134mm
Height: 210mm
Spine: 18mm
Weight Not specified - defaults to 600g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Women - Psychology, Shame, Resilience (Personality trait)
NBS Text Popular Psychology
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 158.1
Catalogue Code 319617

Description of this Book

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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Brown offers insights and strategies for understanding shame and overcoming its power over women. ... An interesting look at a debilitating emotion that stunts the potential of too many women. <br> --Booklist <br> Brown is clearly passionate and knowledgeable about her subject and has a smooth writing style. <br> --Library Journal <br> aShame is a profoundly debilitating emotion. It drives our fears of not being good enough. We can learn to feel shame about anything that is real about us --- our shape, our accent, our financial situation, our wrinkles, our size, our illness, or how we spend our day. I THOUGHT IT WAS JUST ME is an urgent and compelling invitation to examine our struggles with shame and to learn valuable tools to become our best, most authentic selves. Grounded in exceptional scholarship and filled with inspiring stories, this is one of those rare books that has the potential to turn lives around.a<br> --Harriet Lerner, Ph.D., author of The Dance of Anger

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Author's Bio

Dr. Bren Brown, PhD, LMSW, is a research professor at the University of Houston where she holds the Huffington Foundation-Bren Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past sixteen years studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of three #1 New York Times bestsellers - The Gifts of Imperfection, Daring Greatly, and Rising Strong. Her latest book, Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and The Courage to Stand Alone, will be released Fall 2017. Bren 's TED talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top five most viewed TED talks in the world with over 30 million views. In addition to her research and writing, Bren is the Founder and CEO of BRAVE LEADERS INC - an organization that brings evidence-based courage building programs to teams, leaders, entrepreneurs, change makers, and culture shifters. Bren lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, Steve, and their children, Ellen and Charlie.

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