It can feel scary to be authentic and allow yourself to be vulnerable.
Growing up, I went through so much criticism, rejection and judgment, that I spent much of my time attempting to cover up the real me, as that me was treated so poorly. But by the time I graduated from high school, I felt schizophrenic, having the real me I had to hide and the “me” that i showed others, and had felt suicidal for two years. It took me a long time to finally heal that and claim my truth, but it is so well worth it.
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and be . If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.”
Brené Brown, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead
From The Vulnerability of Growing Up
As Christine Hassler notes in her article The Power of Vulnerability “most of us can relate to times when we expressed an emotion and it was not received well, so we develop suppression techniques. Although it may seem like we are protecting ourselves, suppressing our expression erects walls around our hearts and reinforces beliefs about it not being safe to share our genuine feelings with another. As a result, we form relationships that are based more on fear than love. Rather than being truly…
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