Wednesday, 28 December 2011

On Vulnerability

When I saw the title of this Ted Talk video I was almost shocked because I have such a history of analyzing my own vulnerability, how it came about and how it has shaped me. I have often asked myself and written about it, "Why do people equate vulnerability with weakness?" If you take a look around the internet you will find that vulnerability is a fairly rare subject in psychological studies considering how powerfully it affects us. Wikipedia states "Social vulnerability refers to the inability of people, organizations, and societies to withstand adverse impacts from multiple stressors to which they are exposed." I've learned to view my own vulnerability as a strength of character which allows me to open my eyes and heart to the truth.

Quote from the video: ‎"I know that vulnerability is kind of the core... of shame and fear and our struggle for worthiness. But it appears that it's also the birthplace of joy, of creativity, of belonging, of love... and I think I have a problem. I need some help, but here's the thing, no family stuff, no childhood shit, I just need some strategies."

I also have this ebook I'm delving into:

I Thought It Was Just Me: Women Reclaiming Power and Courage in a Culture of Shame ~
Brené Brown [amazon]

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