Books on Self-Exploration and Introspection
Daring Greatly; Brene Brown
Such an honest look at being vulnerable and finding the courage and tenacity to truly show up to your life, completely and authentically. One of my favorite quotes she used to inspire the title of the book is by Theodore Roosevelt:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; . . . who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.”
Oh, and you will soon find, Brene Brown is a highly touted resource in my book (haha pun intended)
The Gifts of Imperfection; Brene Brown
This book is the perfect reminder that we are human beings, not human doings. It is about learning to see the value in who we are regardless of how much gets done in a day and to let go of the myths of perfectionism. She talks about 10 key "guideposts" throughout the book and helps you get out of the darkness and live in the light and joy on your life - more fully and authentically.
Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear; Elizabeth Gilbert
Every time I hear her speak or read her writing, I am inspired. Elizabeth is refreshingly vulnerable and honest in all of her works and it is that courage to share her whole self that allows her works to be so moving. Her book dares to ask those powerful questions we spend so much time trying to avoid and empowers you to think more critically about the life you are cultivating, inspiring greater authenticity and creativity within it. If you are looking for inspiration in your life, look no further than this book!
Embracing Your Inner Critic; Stone & Stone
I have used this book both in my own life and in the work I do with clients and have found the skills and examples to be extremely helpful in moving from self-criticism to self-love and exploration.
"The inner critic. It whispers, whines, and needles us into place. It checks our thoughts, controls our behavior, and inhibits action. It thinks it is protecting us from being disliked, hurt, or abandoned. Instead, the critical inner voice causes shame, anxiety, depression, exhaustion, and low-self-esteem. It acts as a powerful saboteur of our intimate relationships and is a major contributor to drug and alcohol abuse.
Through examples and exercises, the Stones show us how to recognize the critic, how to avoid or minimize "critic attacks," and, most important, how the inner critic can become an intelligent, perceptive, and supportive partner in life."