What Does It Mean To “Be Seen”

The concept of “being seen” is used in psychology and personal development and is touted for its many benefits—such as connection, happiness and a sense of belonging. 

In his book Nonviolent Communication, psychologist and author Marshall Rosenberg lists “to see and be seen” as one of the fundamental, universal human needs. 

So what does it mean to “be seen”? In its simplest form, being seen means being recognized or acknowledged for who we really are. 

Here are some thoughts from well-known authors and experts on the topic: 

“Courage starts with showing up and letting ourselves be seen.” – Brene Brown

“Being safe is about being seen and heard and allowed to be who you are and to speak your truth” – Rachel Naomi Remen

“Intimacy is being seen and known as the person you truly are.” – Amy Bloom

“Perhaps the rare and simple pleasure of being seen for what one is compensates for the misery of being it.” – Margaret Drabble

“It’s beautiful when someone recognizes and appreciates us for who we are, for how we are, without trying to change us, and without any judgment. Unconditional acceptance is the truest form of love.” – Akiroq Brost