Book: I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)
I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t)
Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”
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Researcher, thought leader, and New York Times bestselling author BrenĂ© Brown offers a liberating study on the importance of our imperfectionsâ€”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 weâ€™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.
BrenĂ© Brown, PhD, LMSW, is the leading authority on the power of vulnerability, and has inspired thousands through her top-selling books Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, andÂ 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 weâ€™re all in this together.
Brown writes, â€śWe need our lives back. Itâ€™s time to reclaim the gifts of imperfectionâ€”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.â€ť
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