It's time to start celebrating vulnerability
While just the word vulnerability can trigger our defenses, it can also be a great gateway to secure relating and deepening the connection with our authentic selves. In a society heavily influenced by social media, unhealthy gender roles, and many other factors – Ann and Sue dive into the importance of changing the narrative and stepping out of our defensive invulnerable state and into our healthy, vulnerable selves.
“We're swimming towards feeling vulnerability and recognizing it as not toxic – that is something desirable and something to be proud of” – Sue Marriott
Time Stamps for Ditching Invulnerability
1:09 – Introduction to toxic invulnerability
4:54 – Different ways we can stay in a place of invulnerability
5:58 – Does being defensive mean I’m being invulnerable?
8:36 – How invulnerability is toxic on an individual level
9:30 – The relationship between perfectionism and invulnerability
14:05 – Social media's influence on keeping us afraid of vulnerability
16:12 – Sue’s Beyonce anecdote
19:51 – Practicing active vulnerability
27:28 – Anxiety and invulnerability
28:01 – Signs of invulnerability we may not recognize
34:23 – Why we should call it harmful invulnerability versus toxic invulnerability
37:05 – Embracing our most authentic selves through vulnerability
Resources for Ditching Invulnerability
Brene Brown's Website – A resource where you can find her content on shame and vulnerability
“It's Not All in Your Head – You Do Focus Differently on Zoom” – Scientific American article on Zoom and human connection
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