Bitesize: Vulnerability & shame - Dr Pippa Grange

Everyone faces adversity and pain in life, but it's how we respond to it that counts. If we choose to give in to fear, the inclination is to hide our flaws and insecurities, which restricts our ability to be vulnerable and connect authentically. Often a sense of shame accompanies what is a fear of rejection. When we choose to project those feelings of shame outwards - by criticising, belittling and judging others - what may seem powerful is actually no more than an expression of our own fear of inadequacy.

Dr Pippa Grange was credited with helping to transform the culture of the England football team prior to the 2018 World Cup. She helped to make the England camp a less fearful place by emphasising and modelling vulnerability, which enabled the side to reach the semi-finals for the first time in 28 years.


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