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The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown

Author:Brene Brown [Brown, Brene]
Language: eng
Format: epub, mobi
ISBN: 159285849X
Amazon: B0043M678A
Publisher: Hazelden
Published: 2010-09-20T00:00:00+00:00


Get Going: Sometimes it helps me to wake up in the morning and tell myself, “Today, I’m going to believe that showing up is enough.”

How do you DIG Deep?

She could never go back and make some of the details pretty. All she could do was move forward and make the whole beautiful.

— TERRI ST. CLOUD, WWW.BONESIGHARTS.COM1

Resilience—the ability to overcome adversity—has been a growing topic of study since the early 1970s. In a world plagued by stress and struggle, everyone from psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers to clergy and criminal justice researchers want to know why and how some folks are better at bouncing back from hardship than others. We want to understand why some people can cope with stress and trauma in a way that allows them to move forward in their lives, and why other people appear more affected and stuck.

As I collected and analyzed my data, I recognized that many of the people I interviewed were describing stories of resilience. I heard stories about people cultivating Wholehearted lives despite adversity. I learned about people’s capacities to stay mindful and authentic under great stress and anxiety, and I heard people describe how they were able to transform trauma into Wholehearted thriving.

It wasn’t difficult to recognize these stories as tales of resilience because I was in graduate school during the heyday of resilience research. I knew these narratives were threaded with what we call protective factors—the things we do, have, and practice that give us the bounce.



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