The Benefits of Being Vulnerable (Ep. 3)

“[While growing up,] it’s almost like physical vulnerability was an advancing social tactic for men and emotional vulnerability was a detracting or a step back in the whole social process.”

– Ed Beck

This discussion underscores the challenges, advantages, and importance of vulnerability, especially for men. It touches on suppressed emotions, desensitization, authenticity, and the need for trust-building. The role of adventure in reducing barriers and creating spaces for vulnerability is highlighted. It suggests a balanced approach towards vulnerability, considering its impact on mental wellness, personal growth, and relationships.


  • Vulnerability is often seen as a sign of weakness for men, but it is important for building deep and meaningful relationships.
  • Vulnerability takes time and authenticity to develop, and it is important to find spaces and relationships where you feel comfortable being vulnerable.
  • Suppressing emotions can lead to a lack of emotional awareness and difficulties in managing emotions.
  • Adventure and hardships can help break down barriers and build vulnerability in relationships. Different people have different comfort levels with vulnerability, and this can affect the pace at which they open up in relationships.
  • Vulnerability involves a risk, but the rewards can be significant in terms of personal growth and learning.

The Guys Fishing Weekly is a podcast dedicated to the camaraderie of men through fishing. Hosted by Ed and Reid, it’s where men gather to share not just the thrill of the catch but the deeper connections forged on the water. Each episode dives into stories, tips, and interviews that celebrate the bonds between fishermen. From tales of early morning casts to arguing about the size of the one that got away, it’s a space for men to connect over shared passions and experiences. Whether you’re an experienced angler or just starting, here’s where you find your crew, united by the love of fishing.

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