logo
Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough" - Brené Brown
I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough"
by: (author)
3.67 15
The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world. As hard as we try, we can’t seem to turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like, “Never... show more
The quest for perfection is exhausting and unrelenting. We spend too much precious time and energy managing perception and creating carefully edited versions of ourselves to show to the world. As hard as we try, we can’t seem to turn off the tapes that fill our heads with messages like, “Never good enough!” and “What will people think?” Why? What fuels this unattainable need to look like we always have it all together? At first glance we might think it’s because we admire perfection, but that’s not the case. We are actually the most attracted to people we consider to be authentic and down-to-earth. We love people who are “real” – we’re drawn to those who both embrace their imperfections and radiate self-acceptance. 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. Based on seven years of 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.”
show less
Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781592403356 (1592403352)
ASIN: 1592403352
Publisher: Gotham
Pages no: 336
Edition language: English
Bookstores:
Community Reviews
Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
5.0 I Thought It Was Just Me
Though the content of this book speaks directly to and about women, shame is universal and that point is made repeatedly. There is even a section at the end that describes where she was at with shame research on men at the time of the writing for this and what prompted her to begin it. That's one of...
Feminism in Cold Storage
Feminism in Cold Storage rated it
5.0 I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame
Love it!Though the content of this book speaks directly to and about women, shame is universal and that point is made repeatedly. There is even a section at the end that describes where she was at with shame research on men at the time of the writing for this and what prompted her to begin it. That'...
Something to Ponder
Something to Ponder rated it
3.0 I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame
The name of the book was a bit misleading. There was more focus on "shame" than reclaiming power and courage. The content was much the same as other books the author wrote. It wasn't a bad read; but I am looking for more from the author than "shame" view points or focus.
Boxes of Paper
Boxes of Paper rated it
4.0 I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Making the Journey from "What Will People Think?" to "I Am Enough"
In her talk at TED2012, Dr. Brown describes her reaction to her first TED Talk (at TEDxHouston) and the video going viral with over 4 million views.  At one point in her story, a friend teasingly accuses her of being "the worst vulnerability role model ever".  But in truth, the fact that Dr. Brown i...
Hellen
Hellen rated it
4.0 Kvinnor och skam: hur vi kan förändra vårt sätt att leva
This book left quite a big impression on me. Why is it so hard to change certain things? Why do I still get insecure about my body even though I know so well what influence the ideal body image has on me and where it comes from? Why do I still do all these things even though I think they're silly? W...
Other editions (10)
Books by Brené Brown
On shelves
Share this Book
Need help?