David and his cousin, Jess, are meeting at their local coffee shop to just catch up and talk about life. Jess is also a therapist and she normally focuses on vulnerability.
David expresses how he just recently lost his job but doesn't want to tell his wife because he is afraid that she will be upset with him since who would want an unemployed husband. Jess allows David to express his feelings making him feel heard and understood.
Jess tells David that he needs to tell his wife that he lost his job. She expresses that although it may not be comfortable and you will be vulnerable it is important to build the relationship through trust. David is upset and doesn't want to feel vulnerable or look weak in front of his wife.
Jess explains to David that being vulnerable doesn't mean you are weak it means you are strong and brave. Telling your wife that you lost your job is uncomfortable but being able to tell her shows how you have the courage to act in uncomfortable situations.
David is hesitant to believe what Jess is saying, but then ponders the idea that weakness is not being vulnerable. He realizes that only weak people would hide from their own wives when they have news that isn't good. Jess agrees and is happy that he is understanding that being vulnerable can be a positive thing.
As David is about to leave and go home to tell his wife about his recent job loss, Jess tells him that being vulnerable can lead to positive outcomes. She tells David to not be afraid of being vulnerable with the people he trusts. He agrees and thanks Jess for helping him see this.