Book Brief: I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn’t)


I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn’t): Making the Journey from “What Will People Think?” to “I Am Enough”
by Brene Brown
2007, Avery

The IdeaBrene Brown I Thought It Was Just Me

Shame is harmful. And because it’s not as glamorous as something like failure (seriously), we don’t talk about it.

In this book, Brene Brown tackles the tricky topic with her characteristic thoughtfulness. She explores how becoming resilient to shame can help us form stronger connections with ourselves and others, leading to happier, more productive lives.

Recommended For

Anyone feeling uncomfortable in their skin. By the end of this book, you’ll be on your way to feeling better about who you are, flaws and all.

The Pros

Brene Brown has the ability to articulate truths that haven’t quite codified in collective conciousness. This book is no different. She’s funny, she’s soulful, and she’ll make you feel seen.

The Cons

If you’re looking for the TED experience, stick to her wildly popular talks. This book is structured a little loosely. Brown goes here and there with anecdotes to help make her points. Some may appreciate this more narrative style, but if you’re someone who likes flowcharts and bulleted lists, go elsewhere.

My Take

Doesn’t it feel good not to be alone? When I began reading this book I’d find something on every page that made me laugh, made me cringe (in recognition), or made me glow with a feeling of validation. A sigh of relief: it’s not just me who does and feels these things.

And since there are other people out there who feel this way, maybe we can have the strength to start talking to each other about this stuff.

Fun Fact

Brene Brown has been featured in some awesome animated shorts by The Royal Society of Arts. You should totally check them out.


Are you a Brene Brown fan? How has her work shifted your perspective on vulnerability?

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