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sophia_sol ([personal profile] sophia_sol) wrote2017-05-02 09:57 pm

Daring Greatly, by Brené Brown

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, by Brené Brown

I decided to read this book because a friend of mine thinks very highly of it. This is a self-help sort of book written by a shame-and-vulnerability researcher. And those are important topics! But the book didn't click with me, something about the tone or the style or the perspective just didn't really work for me. Plus I felt more or less like I already knew the gist of what the book was talking about so I wasn't learning much really new. So all in all I'm glad this book exists out there for the people who need it, but I didn't personally gain anything from having read it.

Also: I was really frustrated with the very binarised way she talked about gender. She would often say "women and men" instead of "people", for one thing. And she talked about how all women experience shame and vulnerability in a specific way, and men experience it in a specific other way. No space in her understanding for people whose experience (either of shame/vulnerability or of gender identity) didn't fit her binarised categorisation.