Brené Brown is a research professor who studies human connection because she believes that is why we are here - it's what gives purpose to our lives. There come a point in her six year research in which she realized that she could divide the people who she had interviewed into two different groups: one had people with a sense of worthiness, that they are worthy of love and belonging, and another group that doubts and thinks that they might not be worthy of loving.
Going deep into the first group she concluded that the wholehearted, as she calls them, seem to have in common the sense of courage to be imperfect, compassion with themselves (then to others), connection as a result of their authenticity and VULNERABILITY which is the willingness to do things even when there are no guarantees.
Watch her entire talk and understand a little bit more about why we struggle so much with vulnerability, some ways we can be more open to it, and why that's a good thing.
You will see that the last slide of her presentation inspired my search for the origin of that image, and found ictures of amazing women that gathered over a weekend and painted on their bodies the words they needed to hear. http://www.superherolife.com/