Have you ever trusted somebody fully where they know you inside and out?
It can be scary to open up and share our weaknesses. It puts us in a ‘danger zone’ because you are now completely vulnerable. If they want to hurt you, they now have the power to do so.
However, there is beauty in being able to share your flaws with someone you love. It takes a burden off your chest, builds connection, and fosters trust.
6 Benefits of Sharing Your Weaknesses with a Loved One
1. You Build Empathy
By being vulnerable and sharing your weak points, you build empathy. It becomes easier to share feelings, understand each other, and be willing to love and forgive each other for our mistakes.
2. You Build Trust
One of the scariest things we can do is to share our flaws and imperfections with someone. When you share your weaknesses in a relationship, you build immense trust. You can connect at a more authentic level.
A true relationship thrives when you can accept each other fully, for each other’s strengths, weaknesses, good qualities and imperfections.
3. You Enable Growth
When you share your weaknesses with a loved one, they can help you grow and become stronger. Together, you can work on your weaknesses.
For example, if you lack self-confidence in professional settings, they can remind you of all your achievements and help you as you take steps to become more confident. They might help you practice for a presentation or role play as an intimidating boss.
Your weaknesses can be worked on, and it is always easier when you have someone trustworthy to support you!
4. It Builds Courage
What would you do in your relationships if you could act without any fear?
Would you say “I love you” more often? Would you dress up for the other person? Would you initiate sex more often? Fight harder for the relationship you’re in?
Sharing your weaknesses is like dropping your guard and being completely open. This requires immense courage. However, when you practice sharing vulnerabilities, you strengthen your courage. You become braver in your relationship, which can strengthen it.
5. You Open Yourself Up to Support
When you share your weaknesses with a loved one, they can support you. For example, if you are extremely insecure in social situations, they can be the pillar of strength for you when you go to parties together.
6. Replaces Ego with Love
Can you imagine being egotistical with someone who just shared their insecurities with you? Probably not, right? The beauty of sharing weaknesses in a relationship is that we open our hearts and become extremely vulnerable. When we do this, there is no place left for our ego.
When we show our flaws, we truly allow ourselves to receive support from someone else. This creates a channel of love, compassion, and empathy, rather than ego.
Remember, being raw and vulnerable can be terrifying. As humans, we have instincts to protect and preserve ourselves. That includes protecting ourselves from emotional pain. When we share our weaknesses with someone, we essentially give them the power to hurt us in the worst way possible. But the right person will never do that. The right person will be there to support you, love you, guide you, and help you carry the weight of your weaknesses. Therefore, it is important to share your weaknesses only with someone you trust.