One of the issues I see frequently in therapy with my clients is an overwhelming fear of being vulnerable – with me and with others. This can make moving forward in therapy tricky.
I’ve struggled with being vulnerable as well. In the past, it’s felt unsafe.
We live in a culture where we are afraid of our fear and our feelings, and vulnerability is mistakenly associated with weakness. It can feel uncomfortable, because we are afraid of what others will think of us or afraid of being hurt.
One of the best ways to connect with those we love and the only way that true healing can happen is if we are brave enough to be honest with ourselves and vulnerable with others.
This requires not hiding behind anger (which can feel powerful) or not hiding behind a wall of perceived strength built by the ego.