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Bonnie Robertson

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My question is about the very definition of vulnerability and its negative connotations.

I don't mean to split hairs about semantics but I find it hard to open myself up to this concept fully when at the very root it seems that the word by her definition is being reclaimed and redefined. Brene Brown says, "Vulnerability is simply defined as uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure." (http://www.fastcompany.com/3001319/why-doing-awesome-work-means-making-yourself-vulnerable) This isn't quite the definition set forth by dictionary standards:

Definition of VULNERABLE (Merriam-Webster)
1: capable of being physically or emotionally wounded
2: open to attack or damage : assailable
3: liable to increased penalties but entitled to increased bonuses after winning a game in contract bridge


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  • Apr 5 2013: It is the Ego that is Vulnerable. A Misidentification with the Ego (believing You are Actually the Ego) is what prevents the Opening Up. The vast majority of us suffer from this misunderstanding :-) But that is changing rapidly.

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