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The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are
Contributor(s): Brown, Brene
ISBN: 159285849X     ISBN-13: 9781592858491
Publisher: Hazelden
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Product Type: Paperback - Other Formats
Published: October 2010
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Annotation: An expert of the psychology of shame presents advice on how to overcome paralyzing fears and self-consciousness, and at the same time increase feelings of self-worth, gratitude, and acceptance.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Self-acceptance.
Self-esteem.
BISAC Categories:
- Self-help | Spiritual
- Self-help | Creativity
Dewey: 158
LCCN: 2010016989
Academic/Grade Level: General Adult
Book type: Non-Fiction
Physical Information: 9.00" H x 6.00" W x 0.50" (0.54 lbs) 137 pages
 
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

Brown, author or I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't), again urges us to expose and expel our insecurities in order to have the most fulfilling life possible. Her latest is a guidebook for pilgrims on the journey to wholehearted living, which she defines as containing courage, compassion, deliberate boundaries, and connection. She has defined 10 guideposts for personal introspection, which involve cultivating some positive quality, whether it be authenticity, self-compassion, or a resilient spirit, intuition, meaningful work, or laughter. Each guidepost is the focus of a chapter that contains illustrative stories, primarily from her own life; definitions, including the difference between shame and guilt; quotes from such diverse sources as Diane Ackerman and E.E. Cummings; and brief suggestions of activities that she pursues with the assumption that they might help her audience. Although these activities are highlighted in her introduction to the book, they are in short supply and the book functions more as a chatty meditation on the guideposts. Despite occasional moments of insight, this book's primary value may be in spurring thought and providing references to other authors that will provide further inspiration for those seeking a more meaningful life. (Oct.)

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