Presenting vulnerabilities is commonly, mistakenly misinterpreted as a weakness. When you open up to someone, you are placing yourself in a vulnerable position. More times than not, someone now has the opportunity to judge you for who you are. And more times than not, people think creating this vulnerability is a weakness.
But it is wrong. It is contrary. When you put yourself in a vulnerable spot, you command confidence and openness. You’re saying, this is who I am, feel free to judge me; I’m going to live regardless of your decision. You’re saying, I know myself and I am comfortable with who I am. You’re saying, I’m taking the first step to build a stronger relationship, follow my lead.
Vulnerability is not the equivalence of weakness. Don’t misinterpret it.