Vulnerability is consciously choosing to freely express your thoughts, feelings, desires, and opinions regardless of what others might think of you. Vulnerability is showing your rough edges and a willingness to accept the consequences.
Vulnerability: The Key to Better Relationships | Mark Manson
Vulnerability is an act of courage because you merge with your authentic self, instead of hiding behind a facade to appease others. To embrace vulnerability as your greatest strength, you will need to become aware of your pain points. The paintings of Rembrandt are no less beautiful because of its flaws. It is upon examining it up close that you recognise the defects, while ignoring the complete picture.
How To Embrace Vulnerability As Your Greatest Strength
Vulnerability challenges your confirmation bias. It is uncomfortable to ask questions, express your opinion, or open up about your emotions with people. You expose yourself to their criticism and judgment, but you also expose yourself to answers and opposing views. And this is a lot more beneficial than stagnating in the comfort of what you already know.
In order for a relationship where both people feel seen, it must develop vulnerability. As we spend more consistent time together, we are also incrementally revealing and sharing more of who we are with each other. The more we let someone see us (always increasing our positivity with responses such as affirmation, acceptance, and empathy) then the more loved we’ll feel for who we are.