The readings provide detailed benefits of self-disclosure and explain its importance in building healthy personal and working relationships. As someone who is working toward a career in counseling, I find it extremely important to be able to disclose to others. If I expect others to disclose and be open with me, I should be willing, and able, to do the same in return. I had a conversation with one of the associate pastors at my church about my struggle with this and how I could overcome my hesitation. He provided a great analogy in describing how self-disclosure is revealing, freeing, and somewhat similar to confession, or the communication of information about one’s self to another. He then reminded me that I am able to overcome anything, and in doing so, I should turn to prayer and guidance from the Lord. Romans 8:37 is also a great source for us and states, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us (NIV).”
Carbonell, M. (2008). How to solve the people puzzle: Understanding personality patterns. Blue Ridge, GA: Uniquely You Resources.
Stewart, J. (2012). Bridges not walls: A book about interpersonal communication (11th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.