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The Perfect You: A Blueprint for Identity

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There are a lot of personality tests out there designed to label you and put you in a particular box. But Dr. Caroline Leaf says there's much more to you than a personality profile can capture. In fact, you cannot be categorized!
In this fascinating book, she takes readers through seven steps to rediscover and unlock their unique I-Factor--the brilliantly original way each
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 4th 2017 by Baker Books
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Gabby Denner Why don't you try it for yourself so that you can then be the one to recommend or not recommend to others who are not religious? You don't have to be …moreWhy don't you try it for yourself so that you can then be the one to recommend or not recommend to others who are not religious? You don't have to be a Christian to understand and use what she says if you wanted to.(less)

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Claudia
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Perfect You" picks up where "Switch On Your Brain" left off. Dr. Leaf reveals that our mind is separate from our brain and is actually the "switch" for our brain (the brain is the control center for the entire body). "The Perfect You" applies the principles of quantum physics, neuroplasticity, neurogenisis, and epigenitics in very easy to understand ways (really, she does!) and with real life examples to help readers discover the blueprint of their unique identity. In an era of expanding me ...more
Ann Shin
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A practical and spiritual way to find out your true identity.
Megan
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An empowering look at our ability to control the mind and set the course for our thinking, feeling, and choosing. The Perfect You comes along side the reader and provides the necessary information to identify one's strengths and unique features. God's image can be reflected through the individual as intended when that individual's "unique perspective and hope" is shown to the world. Dr. Leaf artfully explains how we are all created to be unique individuals who function best when we allow our exp ...more
Kristen Gebbia
I understand what Dr Leaf was trying to achieve in this book: breaking all the personality boxes and having people discover themselves for who God made them to be. But it just wasn’t the book for me. The scientific part went over my head, the journaling exercises became redundant and there were ever so many that I got bogged down and skipped them, and then the summary meant very little since I hadn’t understood the first part or completed the second part.
Rebecca Charles
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In The Perfect You, Dr. Leaf explains a key link between science and faith. Specifically how the mind controls the brain, how we were not created by God to live in fear but in love, and that any thought that goes against our inner Perfect You sets us up for toxic thoughts and fear. In order to peel back the layers of programming we've been through in our lives due to the influence of the world, we need to explore and pray about who we were truly created to be. Understanding your Perfect You is e ...more
Theresa
Jul 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"Switch on Your Brain" steps you though how to detox your thinking but could only go so far until I found out the unique way in which I think. "The Perfect You" steps you through how to do exactly that. It revealed to me areas that I thought were weaknesses, because of circumstances around me, were actually strengths in how I process information. This has allowed me to think more about what I am thinking about and start to recognize when I am thinking correctly (Perfectly You) or incorrectly (di ...more
Glenda
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, I cannot recommend this book enough! This book is a tool that everyone should use!
L
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am always looking for better self-investigative tools and deeper insight re: how to live a more productive, peaceful and loving life. The Perfect You offers a terrific road map to a wiser/more grounded way to go through your day. I also recommend Switch on Your Brain, a book that literally changed the way I think and live.
Jessica
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book with a subject matter that makes you think as you read and want to apply what you've read when you're done. Dr. Leaf has done an amazing job tying science and Biblical truth together.
Susan Bricker
Jul 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I loved “The Perfect You” by Dr. Caroline Leaf! It is a fascinating book about discovering the Perfect You that God designed us to be and focusing on Him which will enable us to love, reach beyond ourselves, and grow into the fullest expression of His design and plan. Dr. Leaf emphasizes that whatever moves into our conscious awareness is what we spend the most time thinking about.

Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a Ph.D. in Communication Pathology and a BSc in Logopedics and
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Julia
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Perfect You: A Blueprint For Identity by Dr. Caroline Leaf is a very unique personal assessment tool. Dr. Leaf has formulated a method by which to discover your own uniqueness as God's masterpiece and to help yourself become more in alignment with that uniqueness in everyday situations.

Not for those seeking easy answers, quick fixes, and simple "to do" lists, this book is a very thorough scientific exploration of what makes each of us unique in the way that we create and store knowledge to g
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Joan
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
I was impressed with this book. It is one thing to intellectually know that God has created each of us as an unique person, but it is quite another to understand, embrace, and live in that uniqueness. This book gives us the tools to understand who we are and move into God's design for us.

There are four parts to the book. Leaf helps us understand who we are in terms of thinking, feeling, and choosing. Then she has a section on the science behind each person's uniqueness. Next is a large section f
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Prairie Sky Book Reviews
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Whenever you pick up a book by “Switch on Your Brain” author Dr. Caroline Leaf, be prepared to have your life changed in some way! This is definitely the case with her newest release from Baker Books, “The Perfect You: A Blueprint for Identity”. This book is for you if, as Dr. Leaf questions in the prologue, you’ve ever asked yourself: “Who am I? Does anyone out there understand me . . . do I have purpose and meaning, a unique part in a divine plan? Does anyone understand who I am, or who I am m ...more
Julie D.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book helps us to discover who we are in God. Dr. Leaf refers to this as The Perfect You. Throughout the book she encourages us to be ourselves - who God intended us to be. Unless we live our life in the Perfect You state, we truly are not going to be content, in peace or even be healthy.

It took me quite a while to read this book because I found myself wanting to really understand and apply what she was sharing. My whole book is full of pink highlighter and stars because there is so much am
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Kayla Stierwalt
Sep 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I received a copy of Dr. Caroline Leaf’s book The Perfect You: A Blueprint for Identity in exchange for an honest review.
This selection reads like an easily accessible textbook. While that may conjure an image of a boring book, it provides a lot of insight. The idea of understanding how your thoughts work and how you can shape them to improve your life gives you not only knowledge but hope. As Leaf explains, a lot of people feel stuck in their negative thought patterns, and she shares understand
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Paige Gordon
Jan 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wow… I haven’t read a book as complex and scientific as this one in a really long time and I’m still trying to wrap my head around everything in it. This is one of those books that I know I would have to read 3 or 4 times in order to really get a full grasp of everything covered in it. But after this first reading I can say that it is definitely a book worth those re-readings! The idea of the Perfect You - the unique way that God created only You to think, feel and choose - is really interesting ...more
Despina Klonaris
Jul 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
GREAT READ! If you have not read any of Dr. Leaf's previous books, I will let you know in advance, this is not an "easy on the mental processor", "light and fluffy" endeavor; your inner geek will eat it up!!

It is highly scientific/technical in nature, but part of the magic is that it explains through science what you may have known intuitively all along (as it sets biblical principles up next to the science that reflects the truth we already know, specifically renewing the mind and the realities
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Mary Lou
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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The title The Perfect You may lead one to expect a pop-psychology book with its simple slogans and four easy steps to “discover one’s real self.” But that is definitely not what this book is. A more accurate description is that The Perfect You is cognitive behavioral therapy on steroids from a religious perspective. The book incorporates Biblical principles in every chapter with aspects of Buddhist mindfulness added to the mix. The presentation is very scientific—often too much so for the
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QEW
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This work of excellence by Dr. Caroline Leaf is an absolute masterpiece. Dr. Leaf is simply extraordinary in how she made this exposition flow, with scientific data and research that transitions smoothly with spiritual truth and profound wisdom.

One point in case is as follows, "Quantum physics, with its examination of science beyond the traditional paradigms of space and time, points directly to the belief that the universe has a creative mind behind it (consciousness), and therefore a creativ
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The Keepers of the Books
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine you could become the best you you could be. In this book, Dr. Caroline Leaf links scripture with neuroscience to explain how each person thinks, feels, and makes choices. She explains how negative thoughts affect our neuropathways and get us stuck in patterns and, more importantly, how we can change it

The layout of the text is well-done. The information is easy to understand and eye-opening. The duagrams and illustrations not only complement the text, but also bring it to life for the re
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pianogal
Can I just start by saying the Dr. Leaf is smart? Like Jeopardy smart. I appreciated that about this book. I will say that as someone who not overly scientific in general, much less in the field of neurology, some of this book got a little detailed for me. Also, I felt like the tests were overly long. By all means, use 50 questions when you're working directly with a person, but for the book, best 10 questions would have yielded the same results with quite a bit less work on our end. Especially ...more
Joanna Moore
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr. Caroline Leaf's book, The Perfect You, is the graduation of some of her earlier works in that now she leads the reader to a deep dive of self discovery and assessment of identity through seven modules of how we think, feel, and choose. The lengthy assessment is a fantastic tool into how one processes and makes decisions on a moment by moment basis. Having read her earlier works, I would have prefered a shorter explanation of the brain science at the beginning and a more comprehensive section ...more
Sarah
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Caroline Leaf is one of my favorite authors. I don't always understand everything about Quantum phyics, neuroplasticity, neurogenesis and epigenitics in somewhat easy to understand way. I love what she has to say about changing your mind, which changes your thinking and DNA. One of my favorite quotes in the book is " it is important to remember that our thinking changes the structure of our brains because our minds are separate separate from our brains." In " The Perfect You" Dr. Leaf has ye ...more
Brooke Burger
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As you read this book you begin to get a better idea of how you tick.

The book is an intense look at what makes you, you. The book is detailed and not an easy read, but oh so worth it.

Best thing was the realization that finally dawned on me. God made me. I am unique and that is "Perfectly" fine. My UQ is precisely that! My "Perfect You"!

In am looking forward to incorporating the lessons of this book to my life. I will also be sharing it with famhisily and friends. The teaching/ideas in this book
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Justateach
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Have you wondered how your body, soul (mind), and spirit work together? Would you like to change something in your life? What do you do when start to feel uncomfortable about something? Would you like to live a more spirit led life? All of these things are included in: The Perfect You. Dr. Leaf masterfully explains how your spirit and mind (soul) influence your body. The book includes the Unigue Qualitative Assessment Tool, which takes a considerable amount of time to complete. The time you take ...more
Thomas Johns
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Revolutionary how she explains the coherence between Scripture and Science. Particularly in the areas of neuroplasticity and how the thoughts have power to change the structure of the brain. We are exhorted to Renew our minds in Roman's 12:1-2, which leads to inner transformation and a redeemed life and Dr Caroline Leaf has done a fantastic job of demonstrating how that is congruent with ground breaking scientific principles. Particularly quantum physics.

The UQ Profile assists us to understand
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Amulya N Grace
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
The perfect guide ! I was always intruiged by how science would fit in the Bible, because many people presume science keeps evolving whereas the Bible doesn't fit into this modern era.Dr.Leaf dispels these facts & draws parallels between the teachings of the Bible and science! There are a lot of exercises to discover our perfect you & how operating in our perfect you brings harmony,peace & love.We are wonderfully & fearfully Made in the hands of a perfect God who guards,directs our lives.The per ...more
Susan Pettit
Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Caroline Leaf has done it again!! Another book that takes the deep and intricate puzzle of our minds, wills and emotions, and bring out the beauty of THE PERFECT YOU!! I just love how she makes it easy to understand how much God loves us, and how He has wired us for love and wants each of us to shine in our own unique ways! She so amazingly brings in the Scriptures to support what science is just now beginning to understand. It all begins in our minds, and not our brains. Dr. Leaf clearly sh ...more
Jackelyn Corinne
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Leaf has again written another fantastic book about the way our mind can transform our brain. What I appreciate about this book is it brings neuroscience down to basic understanding and helps make neuroplasticity a word anyone can understand and utilize to transform their thinking and their life. My favorite aspect of The Perfect You is that it takes Biblical truth and translates it into science and practical life simultaneously. While this book will not tell you all you want to know about y ...more
Alecia R.
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr. Caroline Leaf uses the concept of "the Perfect You" to provide new context and understanding of the relationship between the psyche, brain and actions while, once again, relating it to scripture and truths. She clearly depicts the value of renewing the mind as stated in Bible scripture and reminds readers how neuroscience proves that our minds are amendable to change. This writing takes the concepts of mindfulness and healthy thoughts to new levels, in hopes of restoring each of us to our or ...more
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Dr. Caroline Leaf is a cognitive neuroscientist with a PhD in Communication Pathology specializing in Neuropsychology. Since the early 1980‘s she has studied and researched the Mind-Brain connection. During her years in clinical practice as a Communication Pathologist she developed tools and processes that help people develop and change their thinking and subsequent behavior. Her scientific Scienc ...more

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