Most people interpret shame as a negative thing: an extremely stressful experience, an instrument of individual or group oppression, or a humiliating experience of exclusion and exposure. Increasingly, however, understanding shame in different cultural contexts and, especially, from the perspective of positive psychology, has shown that shame can be a resource.
Are you worried about being vulnerable? “Vulnerability” is derived from the Latin word vulnerare (to be wounded); it describes the potential to be injured physically and/or psychologically. Generally, people consider vulnerability as weakness and the opposite of resilience.
We at the International Network on Personal Meaning believe that the world needs a positive psychology which seeks to transform negatives to positives. Radical positive psychology dares to embrace the unworthy, challenge the tyrants, and bring heaven to hell.
What is the Ancient Chinese Secret to Resilience and Happiness?
The Chinese people might have been through the process of natural selection, bred to adapt to all kinds of extreme adversities over the past six-thousand years. The collective history of having endured and survived numerous natural disasters, oppressive regimes, and foreign occupations has endowed Chinese people with the character strengths of endurance and patience.