Each of us has a shield, something which slides into place when we feel threatened or insecure. A last-ditch security measure which we use to gain distance from our own discomfort. Even as I write this I know that sometimes the most important move we can make is to risk that safety.
Let your guard slip. let your fears be shown for what they are,- a harness to keep you from the things you want.
Wrap yourself in cotton wool and you’ll choke on your own safety.