izhilzha (izhilzha) wrote,

10 Books to Read in 2014: Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

Yes, I'm still catching up on these reviews. :) And soon there will be another list of ten--for 2015.

Meanwhile, let's chat about Daring Greatly: How the Courage to be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead by Brene Brown

I picked up this book because several friends had recently read it, and I'm glad I did; it's really good.

Don't let the title fool you; Daring Greatly is not merely another self-help book. It is an easy-to-read summation of Brown's lengthy studies into human behavior regarding shame and vulnerability. I'd say it's worth a read even if you're mainly interested in how the people around you tick. I guarantee you'll learn something, for yourself or about others. Brown even details her study protocols at the end of the book, which I enjoyed; boy, did she do her homework.

I'd say the most important things I took from this book were: 1) the role that the scarcity mindset--that there is never enough or that we are never enough--plays in our experience of shame; 2) the idea that we can learn and practice shame resilience and 3) how learning to be vulnerable with others can lead us to be and do more than we ever dreamed possible.

If you have experienced feeling like you're “not good enough” or don't have anything to offer; if you keep quiet because you're sure that even your loved ones don't want to see your moments of weakness; if you've noticed traits like these in your spouse, child or friend... this book will be worth your time, I guarantee it.
Tags: books, shame

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