The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You're Supposed to Be and Embrace Who You Are

by Brené Brown

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The Gifts of Imperfection isn’t a guidebook on how to achieve happiness; rather, it is a book about all the things that get in the way of true, lasting happiness, joy, and belonging. It explores the concepts of courage, compassion, and connection to understand the reasons behind perfectionism and insecurity. Most importantly, it promotes self-acceptance and self-love, and it will teach you how to be vulnerable and strong at the same time.

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About the Author

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston, where she holds the Huffington Foundation–Brené Brown Endowed Chair at The Graduate College of Social Work.

She has spent the past two decades studying courage, vulnerability, shame, and empathy and is the author of four #1 New York Times best-sellers. Brené’s TED talk, “The Power of Vulnerability,” is one of the top five most-viewed TED talks in the world, with more than 35 million views.

Great ideas from this book

Chapter 1: Courage, Compassion, and Connection

Chapter 2: Cultivating Authenticity