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Vulnerability Cycle

According to author and founder of CompassionPower, Dr. Steven Stosny, “anger is a protective emotion, activated by a dual perception of vulnerability and threat (to self or valued others). Of course, the more vulnerable we feel, the more threat we perceive. When anger is a problem – making us act against our long-term best interests – it’s only a symptom; perceived vulnerability is the usual cause.”

Author, researching and LIFE CHANGER (tattoo on my arm kinda life changer), Dr. Brene Brown states “Anger is a catalyst. Holding on to it will make us exhausted and sick. Internalizing anger will take away our joy and spirit; externalizing anger will make us less effective in our attempts to create change and forge connection. It’s an emotion that we need to transform into something life-giving: courage, love, change, compassion, justice. Or sometimes anger can mask a far more difficult emotion like grief, regret, or shame, and we need to use it to dig into what we’re really feeling. Either way, anger is a powerful catalyst but a life-sucking companion.”

♥️How will we meet this anger, and the underlying wounds of grief, pain, shame, regret? How can we act compassionately to HELP ourselves and our loved ones?

Share your thoughts below!


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