Self Disclosure Is A Process Of Communication Essay

817 Words Sep 30th, 2015 4 Pages
Self-disclosure is a process of communication by which one person reveals information about himself or herself to another. The information can be descriptive or evaluative, and can include thoughts, feelings, aspirations, goals, failures, successes, fears, and dreams, as well as one 's likes, dislikes, and favourites. (Wikipedia)
The level of self-disclosure differ from person to person ,it can be sharing of hidden secrets or information regarding one’s own culture, values, beliefs, religion or tradition to co-workers or friends or to a client. It can be verbal or nonverbal. If disclosing oneself succeeds, it can improve the interpersonal communication and develop trust, intimacy and understanding between two people. On the other hand, if self-disclosure does not work out the way it was supposed to be, it can result in embarrassment, lower self-esteem, and mistrust. According to Frederic G. Reamer, professor of Rhode Island College, “Social workers’ primary obligation is to protect clients and avoid self-disclosure that has the potential to undermine clients’ clinical progress. They should always ask the question, “Whose needs are being met here?” When considering self-disclosure. In the final analysis, social workers must adhere to the maxim, “Do no harm.” I completely agree with the professor, the effect of an action is mostly unpredictable in the same way the effect of disclosing oneself may positively or negatively influence the client.
Reamer further says that a…

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