What Is an Example of Self Disclosure?

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An example of self-disclosure is a mental health professional revealing personal information to a client, according to mental health counselor Barbara LoFrisco. Mental health professionals sometimes share personal details, such as a history of substance abuse, in order to assist in a client’s therapy.

Self-disclosure involves revealing intimate details to another person, Wikipedia notes. The disclosure includes anything an individual wishes to make known to another person. Self-disclosure is considered to be a critical component of intimacy between two people. Some self-disclosure typically happens early in a personal relationship, with more intimate information shared as a relationship deepens. Sharing information can strengthen a relationship through reciprocity, which is a positive response that prompts the recipient of private information to share intimate information in return.