Vulnerability is not a value for those of us who live in the United States, but some social scientists say it should be. Watch the video below by Brene Brown at a TED Talk.
Brown explains that to feel really fulfilled in life, we must live whole-heartedly. But to live whole-heartedly, we must allow ourselves to be vulnerable to others. It is a very difficult proposition because this rides against the flow of our culture. But in a follow-up TED Talk, Brown explains that vulnerability is not weakness. Try to watch the video above a few times. It takes time to really understand it, but it is so insightful.