Reviewed by Carleen Newsome
Dr. Brene Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work wrote The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are. She has spent the last decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. This groundbreaking research has been covered by PBS, NPR, CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times. Dr. Brown’s 2010 TEDxHouston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks on TED.com with approximately 6 million viewers. Clearly her work has captured the attention of the American culture.
In The Gifts of Imperfection, Dr. Brown challenges our cultural, performance based concept of self-worth. She combines her research findings with her own personal and relatable journey towards decreased anxiety and greater self-acceptance. This book not only discusses major concepts like love, authenticity, shame and vulnerability but it also provides guideposts to help change our thinking and approach to life. I warn you, however that Dr. Brown will encourage you to DIG deep – get Deliberate, Inspired and Going. If you are tired of being fearful and anxious and are looking for a way to experience more joy in your life this may be the book for you.
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