Dangers Of Self Disclosure

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Self-disclosure is a form of communication in which you share information about yourself. The type of information revealed are things that you know about yourself but others do not know about you (hidden self) and that information gets put out into the open now these things that you know about yourself are also known by others (open self). There can be several different forms of self-disclosure, for example making obvious statements about yourself, unconscious nonverbal movements, slips of tongue, and public confessions are all types of self-disclosure. Self-disclosure can be the sharing of any type of information not previously known to the receiver, it does not have to be revealing information you would normally keep hidden but can be anything …show more content…
When you self-disclose you are making personal risks, by revealing yourself you are opening yourself up to the possibility of criticism and attack: the more people know about you the more they will be able to use against you. Along with personal risks there also relationship risks, when you have a very close and long relationship with a person if they do not agree with your beliefs or choices that you self-disclose it opens you up to the risk that they could possibly reject you because of them and cause problems with your relationships. Another danger of self-disclosure is professional risks, when self-disclosing you can risk the possibility of your boss or coworkers finding out information about you that they may not agree with or allow in a professional setting. It is important to remember that self-disclosure is irreversible and that once you have disclosed something about yourself you cannot take it back (De Vito, …show more content…
First you should consider the motivation for the self-disclosure, when self-disclosing it should be done in a useful and productive way because of a concern for the relationship, for others involved and for yourself. It is important to consider and realize how what you are disclosing is going effect the relationship if it is going to have a positive effect on the relationship and not do it if it is being done to hurt someone and end up damaging the relationship. You should also consider the appropriateness of the self-disclosure; they should be appropriate for the context and the relationship between you and the person listening. Ask yourself if it is the right time or place, if it is appropriate for the relationship before choosing to self-disclose. You should also consider the disclosures of the other person, and while you are self-disclosing give room for the other person to reciprocate their own personal disclosures. If the other person does not reciprocate any self-disclosure it may be a good idea to reevaluate whether or not you should be self-disclosing to them or how much. Lastly, you should consider the possible burdens resulting from self-disclosure; evaluate possible problems that may come up as a result of your disclosure and make sure you are willing and ready to deal with the consequences that may

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