Michelle Sicignano, LMSW

Michelle Sicignano, LMSW

Social Justice Solutions | Staff Writer
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Vulnerability, the Authentic Self, and Life Satisfaction

To quote Berne’ Brown, “We are the most in-debt, obese, addicted and medicated adult cohort in U.S. history.”  That is a mouthful. Think about the people you know, about those wanting to fit in, to live up to some ideal imposed by friends, family, or society. Think of those you know who, for whatever reason, choose to present an image and cling to that image at the cost of suffering silently and ignoring and disregarding who they truly are, and who they truly can become.

In one of my favorite Ted Talks, Berne’ Brown explores: “How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfection so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough, that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy.”

Imagine if we can do this, if we dare, how our sense of life satisfaction would increase. Imagine what we could accomplish if we are willing to bravely take this chance and live our lives as our authentic selves.


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