I just feel like I need to be perfect all the time and when I'm not I feel like a total failure. I hate being vulnerable.
Emily and Alice meet up after class.
Emily, from reading Christian Anthropology and Daring Greatly I have come to understand that vulnerability is not a bad thing. Instead, vulnerability can help us understand each other and to not feel lonely. It means embracing neediness and recognizing that we are not perfect.
Wow! I never thought about vulnerability like that.
Alice sees that Emily is upset.
I think you are completely right. After all, we are only human and we cannot always be perfect. We shouldn't hate ourselves for making mistakes. Vulnerability is actually positive.
Emily wants to be perfect and does not like being vulnerable.
I'm happy I could help!
Emily references the following: "... social cues that make our neediness seem shameful and anything less than perfection seem sinful" (Saracino 50). "Perfectionism is not teaching them to strive for excellence" (Brown 222).
Emily changes her view on vulnerability.
Alice and Emily both understand that vulnerability is a positive thing.