Vulnerability is the presence of a sensitivity, a painful hurt or a struggle. In this episode of SelfWork, Dr. Margaret explores how recognizing your vulnerability is pragmatically important in managing mental illness. Accepting and revealing these tender aspects of yourself is also vital in deeply connecting with others, and with developing a greater understanding of yourself. Yet many of us fear the consequences of doing just so. Your strengths and vulnerabilities are intimately connected, and Dr. Margaret uses her own metaphors and experiences in talking about its importance. In a reader email, she answers a question on discounting, or even denying a diagnosis like PTSD, in order to maintain the persona described in Episode 003, Perfectly Hidden Depression.
A leading researcher and author on vulnerability has written this;
“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”
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