4 Star Book Reviews: Braving the Wilderness

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

I’ve watched Brown’s netflix show and a few of her videos on Youtube, but this was the first book of hers I’ve read. I actually like her better in writing, where she has time to go into the details of the data her organization has collected on shame. In this case, it’s the ways we constrain ourselves trying to avoid shame — the armor we put ourselves in and how to let ourselves out.

“The wilderness” is what Brown calls that unprotected mental space — dangerous, but also vital. She tells us why we’ve walled ourselves off from the wilderness, why we should tear those walls down, and how. Because of this book, I’ve been able to return, slowly, to social media. I’m trying to engage with people more in the real world. I spend more time finding out what I’m like, and showing that.

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