Teal thanks for sharing this. I too struggled for many years learning how to soften my armor, and to learn how to share my vulnerabilities and struggles, only to find that the vast majority of friends can't handle that, and that they use my opening up to shame me in order to gain some superficial feeling of superiority. Basically exactly as you described. That was quite a shock and a huge disappointment. Then again, finding people who are able to connect with you on that authentic level, is a tremendous gift.