Why we connect with others better when they're vulnerable

Why we connect with others better when they're vulnerable

Research shows we feel more comfortable around people who are vulnerable because they seem authentic. When we recognize someone as being inauthentic or "putting on airs", it makes us uncomfortable and we feel less connected to them.

This seems to come from a basis of trust.

It's not just other people's inauthenticity that we don't like. We actually get exhausted from the effort of hiding our true feelings when we're not authentic. We're also more prone to making mistakes when we spend energy on acting cheerful if we're actually tired or frustrated.

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The willingness to be vulnerable isn’t driven by the desire for exposure, but by the possibility of what that exposure might lead to — be it a meaningful role, the possibility to affect change, and, of course, greater financial gain.

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Write like you speak

First, think about how you might explain a topic to your friend:

  • What words and phrases would you use?
  • How would you position your opinion?
  • What tidbits or examples would you lean on to get your point across?

For example, instead of writing, “Here are six homemade dog treat recipes,” you could say, “Let’s look at six different homemade dog treat recipes because, let’s be honest, our four-legged friends deserve a variety of treats.”

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Being vulnerable expands your world
  • Vulnerability is so much easier when you love yourself. You'll be less afraid of rejection, you step right into that place of openness.
  • Vulnerability takes practice. Life continues to give opportunities to consciously choose openness.
  • The rewards of vulnerability are immeasurable. With vulnerability, you experience true connection and you begin to attract people to you who are inspired by your openness.

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Effects Of Traumatic Events

The experience of trauma is heavy on one’s emotional, mental and physical health, leading to complications like Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) along with anxiety, depression and other emotional issues.

The person experiencing trauma becomes fearful of human contact and socializing, shutting the world and withdrawing within.

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