SELF - DISCLOSURE
Self disclosure basically means or refers to a form of communication whereby one communicates the hidden self to other people or to another person.
According to Matthew McKay, Ph.D., Martha Davis, Ph.D., and Patrick Fanning, Self-disclosure is composed of four elements: Open Self, Blind Self, Hidden Self and Unknown Self
Self disclosure can be seen as a strategy of taking the hidden self to the open self or sharing information about you with others which they never knew about you. Disclosing some or ones information about oneself can help establish meaningful relationships as other people can learn or now know why you behave the way you do so it helps people know you better and almost never judge you in some of the
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It helps us cope with our own selves meaning we get to understand why some of the things in our lives are happening to us and self disclosure can help us cope as knowing once differences and similarities we get to understand each other and live together in peace and harmony which boost also our relationships with other people we live around or interact with on daily basis. With self disclosure helping on improving on one’s self knowledge we get to know our limits in almost everything we do or encounter in our day to day activities which helps us perform at our best and never overwork ourselves because we know how far one can go or can withstand or can take how long doing a certain task or job which also contributes to coping abilities. Since self disclosure encourages self disclosure it makes or improves and promotes good relationship with others as you get to know other people and helps you know how people react to some situations so one can easily avoid saying or doing something that the other person or friend of yours is not going to like or helps you know when to say something and how to say it so that you maintain a good healthy relationship with other people or friends.
While Self Disclosure has many rewards it also has its dangers. Self disclosing can cause people to reject you in their lives and if possible shut you out completely out of their lives for the rest of their lives and also scold you for disclosing information about yourself.