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

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Researcher and thought leader Dr. 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 book The Gifts of Imperfection, wildly popular TEDx talk, 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.”
The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world. As hard as we try, we canÂ't seem to turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like, Â?Never good enough!Â? and Â?What will people think?Â?

Why? What fuels this unattainable need to look like we always have it all together? At first glance we might think itÂ's because we admire perfection, but thatÂ's not the case. We are actually the most attracted to people we consider to be authentic and down-to-earth. We love people who are Â?realÂ? Â? weÂ're drawn to those who both embrace their imperfections and radiate self-acceptance.

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.

Based on seven years of 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.

Dr. Brown writes, Â?We need our lives back. ItÂ's time to reclaim the gifts of imperfection Â? 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 i
Number of Pages: 303
Genre: Social Science
Sub-Genre: Women
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Author: Brene Brown
Language: English
Street Date: December 27, 2007
TCIN: 11777575
UPC: 9781592403356
Item Number (DPCI): 248-21-5584
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