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Theory #909: Personal Disclosure 23 August 2006

Posted by ALBUS in Culture, GUESTS, Psychology.

The function of personal disclosure is parabolic: people are more likely to disclose personal facts about themselves to those who are the closest or the farthest away from them than to those in between. Both a childhood friend and a stranger on a train ride are more likely to know about one’s dyslexia or high school crush, for example, than are workmates or relatives.



1. The Turk - 24 August 2006

true. It is b/c you can trust the childhood friend and stranger you will probably never interact again.

2. anonymous - 24 August 2006

yes, true. i just confessed all kinds of things to my doctor, and i met him for the very first time today. how mortifying.

3. Irving - 25 August 2006

Don’t forget the bartender.also.

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