Regardless of the situation or relationship you’re encountering, vulnerability is key to connecting and communicating. It is especially important when dealing with children who have come from a hard background; who are emotionally damaged and scarred. In this post, Dr. Kenneth Acha shares a TED Talk video by Brené Brown that really helps us understand the power of vulnerability. The following quote is from her video.
“About six weeks into this [connection] research — I ran into this unnamed thing that absolutely unraveled connection in a way that I didn’t understand or had never seen. And so I pulled back out of the research and thought, I need to figure out what this is. And it turned out to be shame. And shame is really easily understood as the fear of disconnection: Is there something about me that, if other people know it or see it, that I won’t be worthy of connection?