Think back to the last time you felt truly vulnerable. Do you remember how exposed and emotionally naked you felt? Being vulnerable can make us feel weak and out-of-control. However, letting your guard down and allowing yourself to be vulnerable actually requires a lot of inner strength—and it’s the only way to form a real and unconditional connection with someone.
Once a teen client of mine complained that she was “too sensitive and very weak.” When I asked her to elaborate, she said that she is just too emotional and couldn’t be strong like the rest of her family members, who do not openly share their feelings. This came as a surprise to me because my client was quite responsible and did not make impulsive decisions due to emotion.