SELF-DISCLOSURE IS A MEANS OF DEEPENING YOUR RELATIONSHIP WHERE SUFFICIENT TRUST HAS BEEN ESTABLISHED.
Self-disclosure enhances the depth of personal knowledge between people in a relationship. As well, it promotes trust and feelings of closeness. Furthermore, when others accept the most private parts of us, we feel an upliftment in our self-self-esteem and security. Thus, self-disclosure promotes the right interpersonal atmosphere for deepening your relationship.
Revealing our hopes, fears, dreams and feelings often attract responses from others that validate our uniqueness as individuals.
Ensuring that sufficient trust has been established and proceeding gradually in revealing your personal details helps to minimize the risk of others not accepting what you disclose and using it against you.
Initially disclosing personal information that is not highly intimate or damaging if exploited and observing whether the other person reciprocates by disclosing personal information to you, are all cautionary steps aimed at minimizing the risk of rejection and exploitation. Gradually move from minor to major disclosures.
Self-disclosure is a means of deepening your relationship where sufficient trust has been established.