Vulnerability and authenticity: the courage to take off the mask


“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and be . If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path.” 

Brené BrownDaring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead

vulnerable1From The Vulnerability of Growing Up

As Christine Hassler notes in her article The Power of Vulnerability “most of us can relate to times when we expressed an emotion and it was not received well, so we develop suppression techniques. Although it may seem like we are protecting ourselves, suppressing our expression erects walls around our hearts and reinforces beliefs about it not being safe to share our genuine feelings with another. As a result, we form relationships that are based more on fear than love. Rather than being truly authentic with others, we become strategic. Vulnerability is discounted because it just feels too risky….


From The Sky is Falling

But we cannot truly experience the delicious emotions that a relationship offers if we are not authentic. I invite you to read the word “intimacy” as “into-me-see.” We create intimacy with others when we allow ourselves to be seen. Vulnerability is our way to break patterns of avoiding being truly seen for fear of how we will be received. If you are protecting and guarding yourself, you are unavailable for intimacy…

DvoeFrom Raw for Beauty

Don’t let fear stop you when it comes to being raw and real with others. To fully feel the love and connection we all yearn for, vulnerability is required. Think of someone you feel very close to. There have been times when you have shared a feeling with that person that felt risky to expose, yet when it was received with love, rather than judgment, your relationship got stronger. Vulnerability connects us. It is a great gift we give to another person when we let them see behind any masks or walls of emotional protection.”

From Taking Off Your Mask

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In Daring Greatly, Dr. Brown challenges everything we think we know about vulnerability. Based on twelve years of research, she argues that vulnerability is not weakness, but rather our clearest path to courage, engagement, and meaningful connection.


40 thoughts on “Vulnerability and authenticity: the courage to take off the mask

  1. haddyism says:

    Takes two people not just one person telling the other to be vulnerable.

  2. I love this. I’ve always associated the word vulnerable to weakness – this was truly enlightening. Thank u for sharing !

  3. amberafrica says:

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. katelon says:

    I love your thought provoking posts. i’m going to re-blog this. Thanks you!

  5. katelon says:

    Reblogged this on Empower and Balance and commented:
    It can feel scary to be authentic and allow yourself to be vulnerable.
    Growing up, I went through so much criticism, rejection and judgment, that I spent much of my time attempting to cover up the real me, as that me was treated so poorly. But by the time I graduated from high school, I felt schizophrenic, having the real me I had to hide and the “me” that i showed others, and had felt suicidal for two years. It took me a long time to finally heal that and claim my truth, but it is so well worth it.

  6. satzie says:

    Beautiful. o_O
    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Quite an extraordinary post. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
    It took a long time for me, to grasp how vulnerability is a birthplace for love, joy,etc. But i’m very glad that i grasped it.

  7. malootka says:

    So true – “Rather than being truly authentic with others, we become strategic.” Great post!

  8. malootka says:

    Reblogged this on truthionary.

  9. renew2014 says:

    I loved this post, very illuminating, I want ot reblog 🙂

  10. renew2014 says:

    Reblogged this on Renew Joy and commented:
    Read this and listened and it was just what i needed to hear! especially after the week if had, I had to re-blog it so i could be reminded of it daily. I would love to meet Brene’ Brown, or do one of the life classes she offers with Oprah but I can’t afford It now.

  11. Travis Waits says:

    spot on! thank you for sharing such a powerful post, and for connecting

  12. This is beautiful, thank you! vulnerability is our essence.

  13. livegrowenjoy says:

    Reblogged this on Live Grow Enjoy.

  14. A great post, with title words that should not be used lightly. And you definitely did not use them lightly … but with substance. The images you have brought to the blog wonderfully accentuate your words … but the words are more powerful than the images. Oh, and thank you for stopping by one of my blogs recently, Wilder Man on Rolling Creek. Peace, T

  15. viapina says:

    Great post! I want to reblog it in a few days. Thanks Pina

  16. Ajaytao2010 says:

    Lovely post dear 🙂

    Beautiful post

  17. Jason Creative says:

    Reblogged this on thoughtsynapse.

  18. Jason Creative says:

    This is a wonderful piece: well rounded, and ‘driving’, from beginning to end. Obviously a positive, emotional theme – but a great theme. A great topic for any day – Thks so much! I needed this;)

  19. Thank you!! This is exactly how I was feeling today after a social rejection. I was enthusiastic and the wet blanket was offered to me. This hit the empty spot.

  20. Faith says:

    Reblogged this on Elements.

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