Mental Strength How to See Vulnerability as a Strength, Not a Weakness ByAmy Morin, LCSWAmy Morin, LCSWFacebookLinkedInTwitterAmy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a psychotherapist, the author of the bestselling book "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," and the host of The Verywell Mind Podcast.Learn about our editorial processPublished on September 17, 2021Verywell / Julie Bang Table of Contents View All Table of ContentsFriday Fix: Episode 105More About the PodcastEvery Friday on The Verywell Mind Podcast, Editor-in-Chief Amy Morin, LCSW, shares the “Friday Fix”—a short episode featuring a quick, actionable tip or exercise to help you manage a specific mental health issue or concern. Friday Fix: Episode 105 Apologizing, being the first to say, “I love you,” and telling someone when your feelings are hurt are just a few examples of vulnerability. Quite often, we’re discouraged from showing our vulnerabilities, however. We’re taught to “Never let them see you sweat,” and “Act like you don’t care.” Consequently, many people view vulnerability as a sign of weakness. After all, when you’re vulnerable you put yourself in a position where you could be hurt. So to prevent others from hurting you, you put up protective armor to stay safe. And while that protective armor may spare you from some emotional injuries, it will also prevent you from enjoying many good things in life. Our protective armor often comes in the form of rules we’ve established for ourselves. Quite often, though, we don’t even recognize our rules because we’ve grown so accustomed to living by them. However, asking yourself a few key questions can help you uncover those rules you’ve established in your life. I guarantee you have a few. In today’s Friday Fix, I share how to recognize your protective armor, why becoming more vulnerable is a strength, and steps you can take to practice being more vulnerable in a healthy way. More About the Podcast The Verywell Mind Podcast is available across all streaming platforms. If you like the show, please leave us a review on Apple Podcasts. Reviews and ratings are a great way to encourage other people to listen and help them prioritize their mental health too. Links and ResourcesFollow Amy Morin on InstagramCheck out Amy’s books on mental strengthWatch Amy’s TEDx Talk The Secret of Becoming Mentally StrongRecovering From the Fear of VulnerabilityWhat Is Shame?By Amy Morin, LCSW Amy Morin, LCSW, is the Editor-in-Chief of Verywell Mind. She's also a licensed clinical social worker, psychotherapist, and international bestselling author. Her books, including "13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do," have been translated into more than 40 languages. Her TEDx talk, "The Secret of Becoming Mentally Strong," is one of the most viewed talks of all time. See Our Editorial ProcessMeet Our Review Board Share FeedbackWas this page helpful?Thanks for your feedback!What is your feedback? Other Helpful Report an Error Speak to a Therapist Online Advertiser Disclosure × The offers that appear in this table are from partnerships from which Verywell Mind receives compensation.