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Describe three benefits of self-disclosure.

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I assume your question refers to the concept of willful disclosure as opposed to involuntary disclosure (which would be things like wearing certain clothing or belonging to certain organizations). Willful self-disclosure is

the process that grants access to private things and secrets.

Such disclosures might include sharing dreams, fears, or past events which might cause the listener to think differently about the sharer, so there are some inherent risks in self-disclosure.

There are also some potential benefits to self-disclosure, among them the following:

  • Getting a different perspective on the situation. When a person shares something personal and important (it must be important, at least to the sharer, or it would not be considered a disclosing), the listener has an opportunity to weigh in on...

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