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I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" by [Brown, Brené]
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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.

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.”


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1540 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Avery; 1 edition (1 February 2007)
  • Sold by: Penguin US
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000SEHDGM
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,996 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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It's been wonderful trading this book as it ha explained so many reasons why I have felt and behaved the way I have for years. It has also helped me forgive others as I have been able to understand the possible reasons behind their attitudes and behaviours. I am not quite finished the book yet but have experienced a lot of freedom already. Sometimes, just understanding and break the chains of bondage to one's past.
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Another great book by Brene - doesn't matter if you read them out of order, either. Lots of "aha" moments - answers found & new ideals discovered. Very much worth your time to read.
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The rally struck a nerve with me. I raved about this book to my friends. I may have shed a few tears for myself and anyone else who this they aren't good enough or worthy. Thank you Brene for being vulnerable and sharing your awesome
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent for women; wished for more insights on men and shame 6 January 2014
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This book, for me, was like how it is in college when you take your first class in psych and suddenly you see psychosis everywhere. I see shame and shaming everywhere now - in how people comment on the internet, talk about politics, treat kids, work together, tell stories about themselves... It really does pervade everything.

This book didn't make me feel less alone. It did make me realize, though, that to have true empathy with someone you need to realize you aren't there to fix or better them. You're there to listen, and hear what they are ashamed of, and help them with that. And recognize the same feelings (for whatever reasons you have) in yourself.

But all of this - courage, compassion, connection - it's very hard in our anti-vulnerable, I'm better than you, I did everything on my own culture. It doesn't mean the work isn't worth it, though.

I would only have liked to hear more on her research on men. I think we think of men as in such power and control, so we don't afford them the vulnerability and anxieties we do with women. I can only imagine the shame men feel when jobless, single, different in any way than the norm - and how much they are encouraged to keep that inside.
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this book. Understanding shame and how ... 1 July 2014
By Kellie P. - Published on Amazon.com
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Everyone should read this book. Understanding shame and how it effects everyone at so many levels has been eye opening. Learning how to be resilient to shame and learning how to speak about shame has been very impactful. I have also come to understand how to be more empathetic towards others and what it really means empathize, really listening and feeling the many emotions shame brings.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait, learn about shame if not for you for someone else. 11 March 2017
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I am 61 years old and carried shame through my whole life. I recently was able to realize the physical traits that occur when I am in shame. It was very, very powerful. With that realization the wanting to fight over the issue turned easily into empathy. I am amazed. I can only hope to have the experience again. I think it could be life changing for me.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks for the reminder to be kind to ourselves! 13 May 2017
By CJFox - Published on Amazon.com
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Thank you, Brene for the framework to help my journey. A lifetime of not good enough to I am good enough and understanding that regardless of other's, I am good enough.

Full-time single mom, career woman, home owner....and the list goes on. There are signs all around that I recognize that my imperfectness is what makes me me. The stories of the store bought cookies mom, yes, I've been there too.

Positive intent--I give so many that benefit, yet somehow I think I do not deserve that same positive intent of myself. We need to be kind to one another. We need to be kind to ourselves. We are doing the best we can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helps you realized you're not the only one 30 September 2016
By M S Mc Cright - Published on Amazon.com
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I discovered Brene Brown from a TED talk and have since purchased all of her books. For anyone struggling with anxiety, shame, or guilt, I can't recommend this author enough. The author's approach is beneficial for those open to introspection and willing to learn what affects them.

This book will help you realize that you are not alone in your struggle and helps reframe the situation to help view ourselves in an objective light.