“Vulnerability is . . . part of being human. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. If we can’t be in touch with (and openly share) both our vulnerability and our strength in a balanced way, our self-regard suffers—and we won’t see others or ourselves clearly.” Dr. Carl Rogers
Trust is …is being courageous enough to open fully to another and accept the vulnerability of this state of being…
Reflection: I think to be trusting you need to be comfortable about self-disclosure and realize in being open you are vulnerable to other people labeling you less than… In addition, you risk being labeled as something you are not. Trusting requires you to have a clear and strong self-awareness. Trusting removes defensiveness and enables you to connect in a more meaningful way we others.
Action Assignment: Complete the following sentence to get at how and why you trust others.
When dealing with others trust is___________________________________.
Then reflect on your sentence and try to figure out whether you give trust freely to others or they have to earn trust.