4. Vulnerable communication should be reserved for those who have earned your trust.

The world doesn’t need another awkward moment of indiscriminate disclosure or celebrity information dumps. Vulnerability is associated with over-sharing, but true vulnerability is communicated within boundaries and is based on trust. Without trust, vulnerability is wasted on those who have not earned the right to hear you. We won’t always have a one hundred percent guarantee before we risk opening up with somebody, but there is no reason to bare our souls with everyone we meet.

Without boundaries, vulnerable communication can lead to disconnection and distrust. Just like any good thing, vulnerability can be mishandled. This happens when people use vulnerability to deal with their unmet emotional needs or simply to attract attention.

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