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Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone

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    PhD Lmsw Brene Brown PhD Lmsw(Author)
A timely and important new book that challenges everything we think we know about cultivating true belonging in our communities, organizations, and culture, from the #1 bestselling author of Rising Strong, Daring Greatly, and The Gifts of Imperfection

"True belonging doesn't require us to change who we are. It requires us to be who we are." Social scientist Brene Brown, PhD, LMSW, has sparked a global conversation about the experiences that bring meaning to our lives--experiences of courage, vulnerability, love, belonging, shame, and empathy. In Braving the Wilderness, Brown redefines what it means to truly belong in an age of increased polarization. With her trademark mix of research, storytelling, and honesty, Brown will again change the cultural conversation while mapping a clear path to true belonging.

Brown argues that we're experiencing a spiritual crisis of disconnection, and introduces four practices of true belonging that challenge everything we believe about ourselves and each other. She writes, "True belonging requires us to believe in and belong to ourselves so fully that we can find sacredness both in being a part of something and in standing alone when necessary. But in a culture that's rife with perfectionism and pleasing, and with the erosion of civility, it's easy to stay quiet, hide in our ideological bunkers, or fit in rather than show up as our true selves and brave the wilderness of uncertainty and criticism. But true belonging is not something we negotiate or accomplish with others; it's a daily practice that demands integrity and authenticity. It's a personal commitment that we carry in our hearts." Brown offers us the clarity and courage we need to find our way back to ourselves and to each other. And that path cuts right through the wilderness. Brown writes, "The wilderness is an untamed, unpredictable place of solitude and searching. It is a place as dangerous as it is breathtaking, a place as sought after as it is feared. But it turns out to be the place of true belonging, and it's the bravest and most sacred place you will ever stand."

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  • By Victoria Yates on 13 September 2017

    Where to start…I feel like, no I KNOW, this book was written for me. Published only yesterday I have just finished reading it and wow, it is so powerful and so tender. I am completely grateful for all of Professor Brene Brown’s words, they have guided me towards the beautiful life I have now which both excites and terrifies me, but this particular book spoke to my heart and so now I need to start reading it again to remove and treasure all the many gems of wisdom concealed within its pages. But what is it about? It’s about ‘true belonging’ and how to navigate through this messy, messy, divided world of sides and enemies and terrorism and hate by remaining passionately true to yourself and your beliefs and holding on to love and compassion and empathy; living a life that is true, brave, courageous and most importantly, yours. This is Brown’s definition of belonging, it is perfection:'True belonging is the spiritual practice of believing in and belonging to yourself so deeply that you can share your most authentic self with the world and find sacredness in both being a part of something and standing alone in the wilderness. True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.'

  • By Hannah Braime on 18 September 2017

    As a long-time reader of Brené Brown's previous works, I was looking forward to this book. I wasn’t sure to expect as the blurb was somewhat vague, but the focus and subject matter turned out to be different to what I imagined and far exceeded my expectations.Braving the Wilderness is, in my opinion, her most personal and timely book yet. Whereas her last three books have formed a trilogy (how to live wholeheartedly, how to get int the arena, how to get back up when you’ve been knocked down), Braving the Wilderness is an equally wonderful book about how we create a sense of belonging without compromising our authenticity, identity, and integrity. While still sharing the research-based findings Brown is well-known for, this book interweaves data with stories from her own life and interviews with other people. The result is a moving and perspective-shifting book that shows us how to stay connected (and sane!) while everyone around us seems to be breaking off into “us and them” factions based on emotional triggers and faulty logic.As our culture trends more and more towards warring collectives, Braving the Wilderness is a breath of fresh air. One of the things I appreciate most is the way Brown isn’t trying to push a particular agenda, but instead encourages us to stand up for our own agenda, based on our values, principles, and beliefs, rather than going with the status quo or aligning ourselves with a particular group out of fear or peer pressure. This isn’t a book that tells you what to think, but rather gives you the tools and the courage to reject the idea of being on a particular “team” altogether and stand beside what you know to be true (spoiler alert: a true sense of belonging starts with belonging to ourselves!). As she says, this is rarely easy and will evoke criticism from others who are invested in fitting in. But it’s also the path to deepest connection with the right people—those who value curiosity, vulnerability, authenticity and also want to view people as individuals rather than make assumptions about them based on the supposed groups they belong to.I imagine it takes guts to share some of her (rational but unpopular) perspectives on things like the difference belonging and fitting in, the perils of arguments like ‘You’re either with us or against us’ and the current trend towards dehumanising people who don’t see the world in the same way we do. But this is one of the most necessary conversations in our society today and deserves much more attention and energy than it's received up to now.If you’ve ever wondered where you fit in and who you fit in with right now, if you’ve ever felt afraid to speak up for fear of being judged or labelled, if you find yourself feeling disillusioned or frustrated with the way people communicate about important issues, and if you know there is a better alternative to all these things, this book is a must-read.

  • By dhj on 15 September 2017

    Simple and essential book in a era of struggle and lost connectivity

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