What is more frightening than opening up and giving your whole self to someone?
Inside people is a deep wish to find someone that they can share their whole self with. Yet when that someone presents themselves it becomes so frightening we turn and walk away. The thought of our flaws being exposed and not living up to the desires of the other becomes overwhelming. We convince ourselves that it is in the best interest, not of ourselves, but the other person to bury the wish and move on.
More times than not, we are doing a disservice to ourselves and others.