Vulnerability is the main ingredient of a healthy interpersonal relationship
Vulnerability in relationships should not be perceived as a weakness because everyone is vulnerable. Vulnerability is actually the core of all emotions that humans feel. Since we all have the things we are ashamed of, afraid of, sad for and so on, it means that we are all weak and therefore vulnerable.
In her book, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, Brene Brown, author and researcher says that vulnerability feels like courage and sounds like truth. So, if vulnerability is indeed courage, then it means that it can be helpful. And because vulnerability is the truth, then it means that when we show vulnerability to our partners, then we are being honest and truthful with them about the origin of our fear, sadness, insecurity, and anxiousness.
Exposing your vulnerability will help build a strong connection with your partner
Showing vulnerability in a relationship is the only path to sincere intimacy. Here are some of the benefits of exposing your vulnerability:
• It shows that you trust each other and this helps in building a healthy, stronger relationship
• Showing vulnerability builds intimacy in relationships because when people expose deep emotions out to each other, the partners will switch the roles of caretaker and caregiver
• Showing vulnerability to our partner helps us accept ourselves for who we truly are and this increase self-worth
• It will provoke compassion and willingness to listen and understand you
• It relieves your true self and this will attract your partner closer to you
Vulnerability is the main ingredient of a healthy intimate relationship. To build a trusting intimate relationship, partners should be able to open up and depend on each other.