Your courage will be contagious for some, and hold up an uncomfortable mirror to others' sense of inadequacy (Brene Brown)

[1 Minute Psychology] How men can be courageous

Sometimes the most terrifying, and therefore most courageous, thing you can do – is admit that you are not coping and ask for support.

I used to say that to the men who called Lifeline crisis counseling – and then I chose to accept the horrifying truth that I was struggling and lonely.

So I took my own advice. I dropped the mask and let my friends in. I told them I was struggling and needed their help. And they cast a supportive net around me.

Not everyone will applaud your excruciating vulnerability and courage – as BrenĂ© Brown found in her shame research, courage can hold up an uncomfortable mirror to others’ sense of inadequacy – but those who do, they are your true friends.

Plus there is the added bonus that courage is contagious 🙂

 

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