Monday, November 15, 2010

Vulnerability

"Is it hard for you to be yourself? Do you find it tough to be vulnerable? What does being vulnerable mean to you?"

These questions were asked at the end of a blog post on PsychCentral.

My answers will be different from yours, but I think it's valuable to think about them.

Is it hard for you to be yourself?
Yes. I find it hard to be me. I worry that no one will want to be near the real me - especially with my anxieties and depression.

Do you find it tough to be vulnerable?
Absolutely. I've always been the strong one. Always the one people rely on. I think I have to be strong - always.

What does being vulnerable mean to you?
Being vulnerable means opening myself up to pain, to hurt, to injury from others. Being vulnerable means taking risks - especially the risk that the other person won't like what they see and leave me alone. Being vulnerable means facing my fear of abandonment.


What does being vulnerable mean to you?

Give it some thought.

3 comments:

Elena said...

It is very hard to be yourself....And being vulnerable is easier.

Embodying Freedom said...

For me, being vulnerable means letting people see your true emotions, no matter how raw or honest they are. It's a scary place to be, but in my experience, you hardly ever get anywhere by being guarded.

This blog is really beautiful by the way. I love the name--it's so powerful sounding!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for stopping, Elena and Embodying Freedom.