Get To Know Other By Using Self-Disclosure!
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Often but not always, a good rule of thumb is to share with others on a need-to-know basis. Yet, once you get to know the other person, you can let your guard down a bit. When you are getting to know each other, a person ought to be a little on guard of their heart, not to share too much, but at the same time share enough to start the process of self-disclosure.
I tend to be very transparent when I talk to new people that I meet. Sometimes, if I do not feel comfortable, I pull back and listen more and talk less. We need to find a balance so we do not overwhelm others with too much information, which can make for an outward situation. ~ Bill Greguska
Hebrews 13:16 And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
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Best Ways To Get To Know Each Other Through Self Disclosure!
How To Get to Know Each Other?
Get to know each other more efficiently and learn to enjoy others more. You can get to know each other by being open, a great way to break down walls between strangers. Bonds with close friends are also crucial and necessary. Self-disclosure can be an excellent way to quickly break down barriers between strangers and bond with friends even more intimately. I have always been a very open person when it comes to self-disclosure between myself and others. In some ways, they are outstanding traits, yet in other ways, they can be something that can cause problems in my life. It is usually best to set a respectful boundary that you feel comfortable with and then limit yourself to that point.
Some people are naturally outgoing, while others are more reserved and introverted. Every person must consider this when deciding on a comfort level for self-disclosure. Remember that everyone you talk with cannot trust your personal information. Unless you do not mind them talking to others about you, you might want to be selective in how much and who you share with personal details of your life. ~ Bill Greguska
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Self Disclosure Helps In A More Personal Way!
We Need To Reach Out To Get To Know Each Other!
- When you do self-disclosure, be sure the communication is reciprocal. Know it involves risk. The sharing starts with less personal and grows to more personal in time.
- Go somewhat slowly, don’t be in a hurry to tell someone too much about you too quickly.
- The other person will feel uncomfortable if you start sharing your feeling and confidential information without establishing a foundation for the relationship.
- Self-disclosure should not be a one-way mono-log.
- You risk being rejected if you share something about yourself, self-disclosing too quickly.
- Disclosing means you trust them not to share your secrets with others or use them against you.
- Sharing personal information appropriately takes your relationship to a new level.
What Is Self Disclosure?
Evaluate WHY You Are Sharing?
- There are times when I decide it is worth the risk to share something with someone I don’t know well. If they are hurt, I suppose they are going through something I have experience with, I may decide. In that case, the opportunity to benefit outweighs the risk, which differs from recklessly sharing because I’ve made an intentional assessment and decision.
- Asking myself why I want to share something also helps me see when my motivation is ego-based. Do I like to share something because I think it will win me points with the other person, or do I want to share because I believe the information will add value to the other person? The best rule of thumb is to share with others on a need-to-know basis.
Some Specific Scriptures To Encourage You:
Proverbs 18:21 ESV
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Proverbs 15:4 ESV
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.
James 1:19 ESV
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
Ephesians 4:29 ESV
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Proverbs 13:3 ESV
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.
Matthew 12:36 ESV
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,
Colossians 4:6 ESV
Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Proverbs 15:1 ESV
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 10:19 ESV
When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.
James 1:26 ESV
If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.
Luke 6:45 ESV
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
Matthew 18:15 ESV
“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
Proverbs 21:23 ESV
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
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