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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.

Brené 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, 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.

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.”

Health, Mind & Body
February 1
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

Angelndallas ,

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

Words fail me to describe the enormity of the impact that this book has on me. A must read for women and men.

Coralyangafs ,

Great book! Lots of important life messages.

I got this book after I heard her TED talk, which is absolutely amazing. I wanted to learn more about what she has to say so got the book and read it. It is filled with examples, stories, and also theories that are very easy to digest. Everybody, esp parents, teachers and coaches should read this book.

Rfrnr ,

Highly recommended

This book offers great tools on building shame resilliance and how to determine if we are in the presence of a shaming event or situation. I think that once you can determine you are feeling shame, there is a higher chance you can go through and not feel bad about it.

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