Being vulnerable is often seen in a negative light. Take its definition, for example. We define vulnerability as the quality or state of being exposed to the possibility of being attacked or harmed, either physically or emotionally. When you read that sentence, you probably aren’t sold by the idea of being someone who is vulnerable.
However, vulnerability doesn’t always have to be such a traumatic notion. Vulnerability is good. And it is scary. Both of those concepts can be true. In fact, emotional vulnerability is a really, really good thing.
By being emotionally vulnerable, you are putting yourself out there. You are sharing parts of yourself that aren’t on the surface. I won’t disagree that it isn’t absolutely terrifying, especially at first. That exposure, however, can be so beneficial to you and your relationships.
Vulnerability and You
Being vulnerable with yourself kind of seems like an oxymoron of sorts. However, being emotionally in touch requires a certain level of self-awareness. Sometimes we ignore what’s right in front of us. For example, we recognize our bad habits but make no attempt to adjust our mechanisms.
At the same time, being vulnerable with yourself can mean allowing yourself to experience emotions. Depending on your environment, maybe you haven’t always been able to allow yourself to feel. Whether that be to feel sad, or happy, or proud.
Those are all valid feelings and you deserve every right to wallow in your sadness or indulge in your joy. It is crucial for your well-being to enable yourself to feel.