The ignorant work for their own profit, Arjuna; the wise work for the welfare of the world, without thought for themselves.

Lord Krishna, The Bhagavad Gita


Vulnerability is felt when you find yourself in a predicament which poses a chance of getting hurt physically or emotionally. Usually the autonomic reactions such as blushing, sweating, and increased heart rate is not experienced with vulnerability, which tells us that the brain does not interpret this state of mind and body with other crisis related perceptions the evokes the Fight or Flight response.

When in this mental state, one feels confused, insecure, scared, and threatened. These feelings may be felt individually or overlap each other and as the intensity of it increases there is a good chance of a person moving from the Drive and Affiliation into the Fight and Flight zone. This is when the individual begins to feel the anxiety, fear and depression associated with this zone.

The vulnerability emotion is one that is brought upon oneself as an intention to stay in a place that causes pain and suffering. It is almost a place that is created.

Vulnerability Related Feelings


Perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements; filled with bewilderment. Also unable to understand or think clearly.


Not confident about yourself or your ability to do things well : nervous and uncomfortable. Lacking in security or safety.


There is a perception of possible danger in the future. This feeling is aroused due to a certain experience based in the past.


Having an uncertain chance of continued survival, as in threat to life.