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  • Times of vulnerability will inevitably show up to balance out the good times in life.

  • And as humans, we've evolved some pretty unhealthy ways of dealing with them.

  • We may mask our vulnerability beneath other negative emotions like anger and jealousy,

  • deny it in order to convince ourselves and others that we are okay, or even blame our

  • problems entirely on external sources.

  • These walls we built around our weak spots can protect us from being badly hurt, but

  • the longer we work to hold them up, the more we allow our vulnerabilities to grow within

  • us, snowballing into something more sinister like feelings of self-hatred, despair and

  • even apathy, which can leave us prone to depression.

  • But believe it or not, there are ways to transform vulnerability into something that gives us

  • strength to go forward instead of holding us back.

  • Here are three steps to turning vulnerability into a superpower.

  • One; change your mindset.

  • That means stop playing the victim.

  • It's tough love but only when you stop using vulnerability as an excuse to feel sorry for

  • yourself.

  • Can you take responsibility for your situation and change it.

  • Instead of ruminating on your misfortune, move towards the mindset of acceptance.

  • That means deeply acknowledging a painful situation and your personal role in bringing

  • it about without allowing these things to define your identity.

  • Sure, a bad thing may be happening to you now, but it is not characteristic of you.

  • When you identify your own self harming behavior, you acknowledge that you have the power to

  • change it, and that's when you start to take control as a superhero rather than a damsel

  • in distress.

  • Two; tear down those walls.

  • Reach out to others and share your story.

  • When you stop playing the victim, you stop looking to others for consolation, and as

  • a result, people will feel safer sharing their ideas because they won't feel responsible

  • for fixing you.

  • So stop expecting others to swoop in and save you, and instead, use them as a source of inspiration.

  • You'll find that more people can relate to you than you think.

  • And once you realize that you're not the only one carrying this burden, you'll fill its

  • weight lift from your shoulders and a sudden sort of power that allows you to move forward.

  • That's the moment your vulnerability turns into a superpower.

  • Three; commits to the new mindset.

  • You might expect your brand-new superpower to make you positively unstoppable, but think

  • again.

  • As any comic book will tell you, even being a superhero requires hard work and maintenance.

  • Small continuous efforts are required to prevent negative feelings from snowballing again,

  • especially if you're prone to mental illness.

  • A good mindfulness routine is the perfect countermeasure.

  • When you feel that victim mentality creeping up again, try doing some stream-of-consciousness

  • journaling, gratitude journaling, meditation and track your sleep to ensure you get those

  • eight hours.

  • These strategies lead to a heightened awareness of the good things in life that when recognized

  • on a daily basis can stop you from falling victim to vulnerability.

  • Hey Psych2Goers, don't forget that you're not alone on your self-improvement journey.

  • Christine is an up-and-coming freelance blogger, documenting her struggles through life and

  • the strategies she's learned to get through them.

  • This video is one of those stories.

  • Feel free to check out her wordpress site link below, we're sure it will help you fill

  • us along.

  • Thanks for watching!

Times of vulnerability will inevitably show up to balance out the good times in life.

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How to Turn Vulnerability into a Superpower

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    Sophie posted on 2019/06/24
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