This is it: the moment of truth. Maybe you've got to apologize for a screw-up, or ask for a favor, or tell someone how you really feel about them. Whatever your specific situation, the fact is that at some point in your life, you're going to have to make yourself vulnerable, and it's not going to be fun. Even if it all goes well in the end, making yourself vulnerable is awkward, and you end up judging yourself harshly for it later. What's weird is that when you see somebody else displaying vulnerability, you judge them too — except in that case, it's positive. As it turns out, there's a word — and a reason — for that effect.
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Written by Reuben Westmaas December 6, 2018
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