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

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Pages   303
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.44" Height: 0.71"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 27, 2007
Publisher   Gotham
Age  18
ISBN  1592403352  
EAN  9781592403356  

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Researcher and thought leader Dr. Brene 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. Brene 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."

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Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston's Graduate College of Social Work who has spent the past 10 years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She is a nationally renowned speaker and has won numerous teaching awards, including the college's Outstanding Faculty Award. Her groundbreaking work has been featured on PBS, NPR, and CNN. Her 2010 TEDxHouston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of most watched talks on Her most recent TED talk, "Listening to Shame," was released in March 2012.

Brene is the author of The Gifts of Imperfection and I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't). She is also the author of Connections, a psychoeducational shame resilience curriculum that is being facilitated across the nation by mental health and addiction professionals.

Brene's current research focuses on wholeheartedness in families, schools, and organizations. She lives in Houston with her husband and their two young children.

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A "must-read" for women!  Nov 10, 2008
Brene Brown does an excellent job of explaining the shame issues basically every woman - and most men - live with in regard to body image, motherhood, sexuality, and many more. But she does not stop there. She opens up ways for women to reach out to each other and develop shame resiliency by creating connections with other women, be practicing compassion and empathy. This is one of the rare books that actually improved my life.
Life Changing!   Oct 16, 2008
Like many people I find it difficult to relate to the word "shame" let alone talk or read about it. It's almost painful to think about shame. Brené Brown's book was life changing for me. She has written a wonderfully accessible and ground breaking book that has a terrific mix of concrete information carefully woven with intriguing stories that everyone can relate to. I look forward to reading more from Brené Brown.
Maybe My Expectations Were Too High  Mar 1, 2008
After reading all the great reviews I looked forward to reading this book. Perhaps I had been expecting too much as I found the book to be very disappointing. I thought it was short on concrete information and long on story telling, especially stories that were indirectly related to the chapter topic. I found the "self help" to be superficial when considering the magnitude of the problem of sources of shame and the impact of long term shame on one's feelings.
A Must Read for Men also  Dec 24, 2007
I have referred many people to this book and gifted many copies even though I have never completely read it. You see I had the enthralling experience of taking the course Dr. Brown gave on the subject of this book "Shame and Empathy" at The Jung Center in Houston. A friend commented that she believes reading this book has changed her life forever and I understand. Please know Br. Brown and her teaching on the subject has changed mine. Men experience shame too; and this book is a must-read for men also.

I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame  Jul 18, 2007
It seems like the epidemic that no one wants to talk about. We all try to put this perfect face out to the world. Really, I am the perfect mother, my house is completely clean, I am fulfilled in my job, I am financially successful, I am a perfect size two, I have plenty of time to connect on a deeper level with my loving husband, and I have tons of friends who I share my every thought. Well, that's what we think we should be. The truth just doesn't always match our expectations.

The problem is that somewhere along the line we lost sight of the fact that humans are perfect and our lives are often filled with reality. Try as we might, we are going to eat that cookie (or the whole bag) and gain three pounds. Our chaotic schedule is going to get the better of us and we are going to forget to bake cupcakes for the school bake sale.

I Thought It Was Just Me looks at the topic of shame. For many of us, during those moments when reality doesn't match our fantasy image of ourselves, we feel shame. Shame goes beyond simple embarrassment or irritation. Shame is a form of self abuse where we berate ourselves for not being perfect.

I Thought It Was Just Me is an important book that reminds us all that to be human is to err. Maybe it's time we all stopped trying to be everything to everyone and just tried to be ourselves. Maybe it's time we all tried being kind, compassionate, and loving (to others and to ourselves).


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