Unformatted text preview: ed vs. closed ended 4 8/29/2012 Self-Disclosure
- Information about
oneself that the other
voluntarily and intentionally. Purpose of Self-Disclosure
Get to know someone, develop intimacy Later:
Reveal mood states, opinions, and
maintain connection 5 8/29/2012 Principles of Self-Disclosure
We disclose a great deal in few
Self-disclosures occur between two people
in a close relationship
Self-disclosures are reciprocal
Principle of reciprocity
Dyadic effect Self-disclosures occur over time Principles of Self-Disclosure
Varies greatly within any culture (individual
Varies greatly across cultures.
Few differences between women and men.
Happens more quickly online.
Promotes mental health. 6 8/29/2012 Principles of Self-Disclosure
Self-Disclosure is a part of intimacy, and is
associated with liking.
Attraction is related to positive disclosure
Relational satisfaction and disclosure have a curvilinear
relationship; that is, relational satisfaction is greatest at
moderate levels of disclosure
People think it is appropriate to disclose to people they
like, but they tend to overestimate how much they do so
Liking may discourage self-disclosure as people may fear
it could damage their relationship
We remember negative disclosures more than positive
disclosures and like people who reveal lots of negative
disclosures less Opening Up
Private information and risk
- Private information: Assessments that we make about ourselves.
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- Spring '08
- Psychology, Interpersonal relationship, Small talk