S:1282 Great Fear: Of Being Vulnerable

(Great fears are barriers to experiencing your real life.)

[There are countless fears, yet few are of the level of the Great Fears. A Great Fear is noted by its commonness and its effect; it shows up in a large part of society and can have a numbing effect on one’s happiness.]


What do you feel when vulnerable? At risk?

What do you think about when you feel vulnerable? Where’s the threat?

What do you do when vulnerable? Become hyper-vigilant?

Notice vulnerable typically does not evoke a sense of well-being. Core attributes are a sense of being separate-from, alone, perhaps less-than or not-enough, or a potential victim of forces perceived to be greater than you.

A downside of allowing a continuing sense of vulnerability is that in the interest of safety you can build walls which keep you from the joy of connecting.

Vulnerable may be a survival response from Man’s earliest days. A tickle from intuition to pay attention.

You can use a sense of vulnerability to notify you of an area you need to pay attention to. To become aware and act rather than hunker down and hide.


Coaching Point: Feeling fearful about vulnerability? What can you do about it?


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