What’s the key to awe-inspiring relationships? You could say it’s caring, communication, or even compromise. But none of those things can happen without a connection. Connection is the starting point for every single one of the bonds in your life.
When building connections, all of us struggle with two opposing forces. The first is vulnerability: the state of revealing yourself to others. When you reveal something personal about yourself, even something small, you’re showing a piece of who you are. This creates an opportunity for connection. However, the drive for self-revelation is always fighting against shame. Shame is the fear that if others saw your inner self, they would respond with rejection. Shame is the enemy of vulnerability, and it’s shame that blocks you from being loved for who you truly are.