The gifts of imperfection : let go of who you think you're supposed to be and embrace who you are / by Brené Brown, Ph. D., L.M.S.W.
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- ISBN: 9781592858491
- ISBN: 159285849X
- Physical Description: xvii, 137 pages ; 23 cm
- Publisher: Center City, Minnesota : Hazelden Publishing, 2010.
- Copyright: ©2010
"Your guide to a wholehearted life"--Cover.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 131-135).
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Introduction: Wholehearted living -- Courage, compassion, and connection: The gifts of imperfection -- Exploring the power of love, belonging, and being enough -- The things that get in the way -- Cultivating authenticity: Letting go of what people think -- Cultivating self-compassion: Letting go of perfectionism -- Cultivating a resilient spirit: Letting go of numbing and powerlessness -- Cultivating gratitude and joy: Letting go of scarcity and fear of the dark -- Cultivating intuition and trusting faith: Letting go of the need for certainty -- Cultivating creativity: Letting go of comparison -- Cultivating play and rest: Letting go of exhaustion as a status symbol and productivity as self-worth -- Cultivating calm and stillness: Letting go of anxiety as a lifestyle -- Cultivating meaningful work: Letting go of self-doubt and "supposed to" -- Cultivating laughter, song, and dance: Letting go of being cool and "always in control."
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, Brené Brown 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.
Nautilus Book Award, 2011: Silver Winner
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