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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
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Each day we face a barrage of images and ideasfrom society and the mediatelling us who we should be. We are led to believe that if we look perfect, live perfect, and do everything perfectly, we'd no longer struggle with feelings of inadequacy. Ironically, it's the pursuit of perf... read full description below.
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When our embarrassments and fears lie, we often listen to them anyway. They thwart our gratitude, acceptance, and compassion-our goodness. They insist, "I am not worthy." But weareworthy-of self-discovery, personal growth, and boundless love. With Brene Brown's game-changingNew York TimesbestsellerThe Gifts of Imperfection-which has soldmore than 2 million copiesin more than30 different languages,andForbesrecently namedone of the "Five Books That Will Actually Change Your Outlook On Life"-we find courage to overcome paralyzing fear and self-consciousness, strengthening our connection to the world. A motivational and inspiring guide to wholehearted living, rather than just the average self-help book, with this groundbreaking work Brene Brown, Ph.D., bolsters the self-esteem and personal development process through her characteristic heartfelt, honest storytelling. With original research and plenty of encouragement, she explores the psychology of releasing our definitions of an "imperfect" life and embracing living authentically. Brown's "ten guideposts" are benchmarks for authenticity that can help anyone establish a practice for a life of honest beauty-a perfectly imperfect life. Now more than ever, we all need to cultivate feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance and love for ourselves. In a world where insults, criticisms, and fears are spread too generously alongside messages of unrealistic beauty, attainment, and expectation, we look for ways to "dig deep" and find truth and gratitude in our lives. A new way forward means we can't hold on too tightly to our own self-defeating thoughts or the displaced pain in our world. Instead, we can embrace the imperfection.
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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 Brene 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 Brene'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
Dr. Brene Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, in The Washington Post, and The New York Times. Brene's 2010 TEDxHouston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks on TED.com, with approximately 6 million viewers. Additionally, Brene gave the closing talk at the 2012 TED conference where she talked about shame, courage, and innovation. Brown lives in Houston, Texas.