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The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Star Rating (Out of 5):



The book was moving enough to bring me to tears. (Happy tears of course)

Whom this book is for:

This book can be for therapists, counselors, psychologists, or others in the helping field. Moreover, it can be for self-diagnosed perfectionists who have the desire to change their perfectionistic ways, or people who struggle with vulnerability, low self esteem and shame. This book is honestly for anyone who is ready to embrace who they truly are, regardless of profession or the self imposed labels.

Top 1 or 2 takeaways / skills from the book:

The first takeaway (for therapists, people who are in, have been in, or are considering therapy) is that therapist silence during sessions can be effective!!

The second takeaway pertains to the importance of knowing the things that get in the way during of whole hearted living, or embracing who we truly are. Most books similar to this one go into detail about “how to” achieve something. For example, “how to be happy”, “how to lose weight”, “how to keep your marriage happy”, “how to feel worthy”, etc… This book focuses on an in depth discussion of the things that get in the way of .. the things that make most people uncomfortable. Those things are shame, fear, seeking approval, need to be in control and so on.

Top 1 or 2 things you disliked about the book:

The beginning of the book, including the preface and the introduction, were difficult to get through because it just wasn’t interesting to me. I was so discouraged because I thought the rest of the book would drag as it did in the beginning, but eventually it picked up and I became engrossed!

Would you recommend this book? Yes or NO

YES! Definitely. I’d recommend this book for a few different reasons. The first reason is that it explains the definition of profound, complex, concepts that are often difficult to describe in a detailed and  comprehensive way. Examples of the concepts I’m referring to are intuition, authenticity, whole hearted living, self-doubt, shame, perfectionism, connection (to self and others), vulnerability, and so on. The second reason is that it uses practical, applicable examples of what these concepts looks like actualized. It provides examples of how you can begin implementing these concepts into your life on a daily, consistent basis and in a super simple way. The third reason Is that this book clearly differentiates concepts that are often used paired and/or interchanged, but in an incorrect manner.  These concepts include pairs like joy and happiness, intuition and instinct, faith and hope, spirituality and religion, guilt and shame, and inadequacy and imperfection.

Written by J'nay Reckard, LMHC

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