The psychology of being vulnerable

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The psychology of being vulnerable

We all fear being vulnerable, but research confirms that others view our vulnerability more positively than we perceive our own. Experts call this the ‘beautiful mess effect’.

In various scenarios, people consistently saw their own vulnerability negatively, but were more positive about that of others, apparently because we see them in a more abstract light.

The study backs up the idea that what might feel like vulnerability on the inside looks like courage on the outside.

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