So it looks like after the great resignation of 2022 and the great demoralization of 2023, leaders have been called upon to exercise more "vulnerability", to soften their tone, to be more understanding for the regular employee and to conduct themselves in a more casual demeanor.
How pathetic is to see supervisors pretending they care. It is so inauthentic and staged that it's even comical.
But please don't be fooled. You supervisor is not your friend or mentor, and the moment you reciprocate his/her fake vulnerability by opening up and speaking honestly, he/she will use your words against you during the performance review to destroy your career.