Your Self-Disclosure – to Whom Do You Reveal Yourself?

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What is self-disclosure? Self-disclosure is purposefully providing information about yourself to others that they would not learn if you did not tell them (Beebe, Beebe, & Redmond, p. 53). Self-disclosure can range from revealing innocuous information about yourself, such as where you live, work, to admitting you deepest secrets. Disclosing certain information conveys your level of trust and acceptance of the other person. Not revealing personal information reduces the chances of others using that information against oneself but inevitably, people still reveal information about themselves on a day to day basis, especially to family and friends, and sometimes even strangers or acquaintances for various reasons. Self-disclosure is the primary way we establish and maintain interpersonal relationships (Beebe, Beebe, & Redmond, p. 54). Your own self-awareness is you understanding of who you (Beebe, Beebe, & Redmond, p. 54). In order to disclose personal information to others you must first be aware of whom you are. I believe that self-disclosure is an important part of any relationship. It helps to bring two people closer. In general, I believe it is good, but as with all things, there has to be limits. I myself set many limits on who I share information about myself with and how much I share. When in public, I try to display as little about myself as possible. I only let people know what I feel is necessary. When I meet new people, I will share information like my name, religion, age, and where I am from. Depending on what exactly we are discussing, I will share more information to find commonalities. I come from a family with four children, me being the oldest. My Mother’s side of the family has many aunts and uncles and cousins. In our family, everybody knows everybody’s business. It doesn’t matter whether you want everyone in the family to know your business. If you tell one then they all know. I probably take after my Dad and his family. He was diagnosed with...
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