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- Most self-disclosures take place in the context of a trusting
relationship. 7 8/29/2012 Reasons to Self-Disclose
- Achieve catharsis and maintain psychological health and control.
- Maintain physical health.
- Attain self-awareness. Reasons to Self-Disclose
- Aid in relational development.
- Maintain / enhance a relationship.
- Satisfy expectations for intimacy. 8 8/29/2012 Importance (of self-disclosure) to
health and well-being
Not disclosing something serious can impact
people’s psychological health Stress, anxiety, etc. Not disclosing has been linked to biomedical
outcomes Suppressed immune system, ulcers, etc. Having just one person to disclose to can be
enough No significant differences between having one outlet and
having ten. Reasons Not to Self-Disclose
- To avoid hurt and rejection.
- To avoid conflict, protect a relationship or both.
- To keep one's image intact, maintain individuality or both.
- To reduce or forget about stress. 9 8/29/2012 Dialectics Theory
Relational life is characterized by push-pull
The need for openness versus privacy Strategies for reducing tensions
• Cyclic alternation
• Selection (Select to be open or private)
• Disqualifying (Certain topics I am open, certain topics are not)
• Re-framing (In your own context) Social Penetration Model
Theory for measuring the process of increasing
disclosure and intimacy in a relationship....
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- Spring '08