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Atlas of the Heart: Mapping Meaningful Connection and the Language of Human Experience Hardcover – 30 Nov. 2021
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In her latest book, five-time #1 New York Times bestselling author Dr Brené Brown, writes, "If we want to find the way back to ourselves and each other, we need language and the grounded confidence to both tell our stories, and to be stewards of the stories that we hear. This is the framework for meaningful connection."
In Atlas of the Heart, Brown takes us on a journey through 87 of the emotions and experiences that define what it means to be human. As she maps the necessary skills and lays out an actionable framework for meaningful connection, she gives us the language and tools to access a universe of new choices and second chances - a universe where we can share and steward the stories of our bravest and most heart-breaking moments with one another in a way that builds connection.
Over the past two decades, Brown's extensive research into the experiences that make us who we are has shaped the cultural conversation and helped define what it means to be courageous with our lives. Atlas of the Heart draws on this research, as well as Brown's singular skills as a researcher/storyteller, to lay out an invaluable, research-based framework that shows us that naming an experience doesn't give the experience more power, it gives us the power of understanding, meaning and choice.
Brown shares, "I want this to be an atlas for all of us, because I believe that, with an adventurous heart and the right maps, we can travel anywhere and never fear losing ourselves. Even when we have no idea where we are."
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- Publisher : Vermilion; 1st edition (30 Nov. 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1785043773
- ISBN-13 : 978-1785043772
- Dimensions : 19.7 x 2.8 x 23.9 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,070 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 December 2021
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By MrsG on 18 December 2021
It's a beautiful-looking book but it felt disjointed and throughout lacked a cohesive thread upon which to build the 'story'. The chapters were divided in a way that didn't flow for me (her other writing flows really well I think) and while there were great nuggets throughout, I thought that the whole narrative could have been tied together better to create a 'journey' rather than a series of places.
The pages are thick and matt, easy to read with nice clear text on white and coloured pages.
Understanding emotions and what they mean is very useful for counsellors, or anyone involved in mental health work. It can be useful for normal people but perhaps they wont understand the importance of emotions and the importance of why they tie together in the same way. I think this is more of a technical book for professionals than an easy read.
The book came about, when they were writing a glossary of terms for another book. The team decided that, rather than just copy the definition from an Oxford dictionary they would actually research each word, using data. Words like compassion, sadness, belonging, insecurity, etc, etc, what do they actually mean? And when we use data to define them?
The data she has used, is either her own or she has used data from other academics.
Sprinkle on top of that Brene’s own examples of her own life experience from her own family and relationships, which brings the text to life.
Bene and team have done a great job and I highly recommend the book.
Not everyone likes the style of this book, and it is different from Brené's previous books. However, I think the book's style - with some colorful illustrations and diagrams - helps the less academic reader to absorb it. Brené herself says she wants it to be “an atlas for all of us”. Nevertheless, it is necessarily more academic in nature than her other books, which contain more anecdotal stories and are often viewed as a lighter, perhaps more entertaining read.
I first listened to the audio version of this book and while we in the UK cannot yet access Brené’s new docuseries based on this book (available on HBO in the US), I often felt as though Brené was personally teaching me as she read, because she occasionally repeats sentences for emphasis to help her listeners, and talks us through the accompanying pdfs (available in the Audible Library with the book) when appropriate.
I only have one grouse, hence only four stars. I truly miss having an index of the words, to enable me to quickly access a description of a particular word when I need it. I guess I’m going to have to purchase the Kindle version simply for that. Hopefully, in the next edition of this Atlas, an index could be added.
And.. I cannot understand why people would cash in on writing summaries of this book. It is very thorough and for me is a definitive textbook. I would feel I’d short-changed myself, if I used a lesser version of this work than the whole, complete Atlas.