I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't) by Brené Brown

I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't)

By Brené Brown

  • Release Date: 2007-02-01
  • Genre: Self-Improvement
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Description

Researcher, thought leader, and New York Times bestselling author Brené Brown offers a liberating study on the importance of our imperfections—both to our relationships and to our own sense of self

The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. There is a constant barrage of social expectations that teach us that being imperfect is synonymous with being inadequate. Everywhere we turn, there are messages that tell us who, what and how we’re supposed to be. So, we learn to hide our struggles and protect ourselves from shame, judgment, criticism and blame by seeking safety in pretending and perfection.

Dr. Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW, is the leading authority on the power of vulnerability, and has inspired thousands through her top-selling books Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, and The Gifts of Imperfection, her wildly popular TEDx talks, and a PBS special. Based on seven years of her ground-breaking research and hundreds of interviews, I Thought It Was Just Me shines a long-overdue light on an important truth: Our imperfections are what connect us to each other and to our humanity. Our vulnerabilities are not weaknesses; they are powerful reminders to keep our hearts and minds open to the reality that we’re all in this together.

Dr. Brown writes, “We need our lives back. It’s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection—the courage to be real, the compassion we need to love ourselves and others, and the connection that gives true purpose and meaning to life. These are the gifts that bring love, laughter, gratitude, empathy and joy into our lives.”

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Reviews

  • Amazing book! ❤️

    5
    By Cat fan : 1232654891390
    Love brene's books - especially the first two
  • Life Changing

    5
    By ookpik29
    I read this very slowly, every section led me to reflect on my own experiences, to consider changes in how I interact with the people in my life. The complexity of the shame web in my life is overwhelming. My longing for connection but my shame and fear of all I must expose if I am going to be authentic, I have a lot of work to do to develop my shame resilience. I feel more hope for my future, more powerful, as if the lights have turned on showing me that what I thought were monsters were merely shadows.
  • Excellent

    5
    By Nicknames--why do I need one?
    Ironically, this is where I write "you should read this book."

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