Authenticity | Vulnerability | Social Media | Influencers | Posting On Purpose | Should I Post This?
“Because true belonging only happens when we present our authentic, imperfect selves to the world, our sense of belonging can never be greater than our level of self-acceptance”
-Dr Brené Brown
Being vulnerable requires a certain amount of bravery because you are sharing something that is personal. Even though vulnerability can be extremely powerful, it's important to protect yourself while you’re presenting your authentic self to the online world.
Vulnerability needs to be expressed with the right people, at the right time and at the right place for it to be effective. When you have expressed yourself authentically you will feel closer to others around you, however you also need to to have a clear plan and strategy if you‘re posting. Make sure that you have first experienced a level of self acceptance before you share your story online.
3 Things to think about before posting “raw” cont online
1. Why am I making this post?
Are you trying to attract a certain person's attention? Or seeking validation? Or are you simply trying to share something you feel passionately about that could help others?
2. Do I have a clear purpose for my post?
Complete this sentence “I am being vulnerable online because I believe this post will benefit me/others by...”
3. Will there be any negative ramifications by expressing my vulnerability online?
Being vulnerable can be a beautiful experience, yet also painful. Knowing how to express yourself so that you will be heard is a part of the art of being vulnerablue.
If you are posting about a recent experience that still feels raw or that you are still working on with your therapist you may experience feelings of guilt and shame later. These feelings aren’t “bad“ feelings, however you also need to know how to work through them. It can sometimes be a complicated process and you need to protect yourself from the raw feelings that may come later.
“Vulnerability sounds like truth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t always comfortable, but they’re never weakness.“
-Dr. Brené Brown