WORD – 31


Vulnerable


To be vulnerable means – to be easily criticized, influenced, hurt or attacked – emotionally, mentally or physically.


Examples

  • Being on stage makes you vulnerable to the audience’s judgement and criticism, that’s why some people avoid it and call it stage fear.
  • If you want to be a successful entrepreneur, you need to have the courage to be vulnerable, so that you allow yourself to try new things and learn from your mistakes.
  • People who are emotionally hurt or disturbed are quite vulnerable, and some people take advantage of their vulnerability.

WHEN & HOW to use this word

  1. When you are talking about someone or something that is susceptible to a physical attack.

Examples

  • People living in areas that have a high crime rate are of course more vulnerable to dangerous crimes.
  • Small villages close to a jungle are more vulnerable to animal attacks.

2. When you are talking about someone being in a state where they can be easily influenced, used or manipulated

Examples

  • People think that poverty makes you vulnerable, but it does not! It is lack of knowledge and lack of sound judgement that makes you vulnerable.
  • People who are emotionally hurt or disturbed are quite vulnerable, and some people take advantage of their vulnerability.

3. When you are talking about someone being in a position/state where they can be easily judged, criticized or hurt

Examples

  • I think that everyone feels vulnerable in an interview.
  • If you never allow yourself to be vulnerable, you will never learn anything effectively; because if you never open yourself up and let people judge you and criticize you or give you feedback, then how would you know where you stand and what are the things that you need to change in order to get better at something?