Embracing Vulnerability to Help Deepen Connections

The key to healthy relationships and self discovery.

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In a world that applauds strength and resilience, it might be easy to overlook vulnerability. Some may even see it as a weakness. However, this need not be the case. In fact, vulnerability can play a vital role in healthy relationships and in building satisfying connections, not only with others but also with yourself, according to Harper’s Bazaar.

Building deeper connections through vulnerability
Vulnerability is the heart and soul of thriving relationships. Dr. Brene Brown, who has studied shame, courage, empathy and vulnerability for over two decades, believes that authenticity and vulnerability are key to it all. In her books and various interviews, she explains that vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy and creativity. According to Psych Central, when you allow yourself to be vulnerable, you are inviting others to your inner world, sharing your thoughts and feelings and creating a safe space for genuine connection to happen. 

According to Harper’s Bazaar, being vulnerable with someone else requires trust. It means you are relying on the other person to handle the information you’ve shared with care and compassion. And this trust, they explain, strengthens the relationship, creates a safe environment for both parties to be honest and comfortable, and fosters the intimacy and connection you crave in a deep relationship.

Self discovery through vulnerability
One of the most important relationships, perhaps the most important one of all, is the one you have with yourself. According to Positive Psychology, self awareness is the ability to see yourself clearly, honestly and objectively. And one of the ways you can start getting to know yourself better and embracing your relationship with yourself is by bringing down some walls and being brave enough to acknowledge and accept your emotions authentically. Being vulnerable with yourself.

The Symonds Research platform recommends using tools like the wheel of emotions to help strengthen your vocabulary about your feelings and emotions. Knowledge is power and the more you know, the better and more comfortable you will feel on this journey of self discovery, a tool like the wheel of emotions can give you the words you need when doing self talk. 

When you shine a light into the different shades of your inner world, you can start understanding yourself better. And as a side effect, this can actually help you be vulnerable with others as well. Vulnerability, it turns out, is quite the opposite of weakness. It requires inner strength and bravery. And you can get started on your journey towards authentic and emotional honesty today.

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