The value of disclosure
Posted Mon 2nd Dec 19 - 2 mins read
There is value in disclosure.
In other words you stand to benefit in some way as a result of talking to someone about your deepest thoughts and emotions. According to the book 'Opening up by Writing it Down' here are some scientifically proven reasons why.
1. Non disclosure is bad for our health. Keeping things to ourselves or bottling things up is hard work and stressful and we all know what stress does to our mind and body these days.
2. The work involved in keeping things to ourselves reduces our capacity to run at optimum levels. It decreases our ability to process information and our minds and bodies to work properly.
3. Disclosure forces us to re-live the events we are discussing and doing this allows us to understand things better and see it from other perspectives. We then have a chance to move on from it.
4. This in turn can then help us understand how we feel about something and manage our emotions and reactions towards certain events and occurrences. This can help us to understand ourselves better in the long run.
5. It creates order out of chaos.
6. It allows you to forget about it. Studies have shown that until you disclose an issue, your mind is unable to let go of it because there is no closure - think unfinished homework from your school days etc. Until it’s done it’s forever in the back of your mind and you can never truly relax. Once something that’s bothering you has been disclosed, your mind has been cleared of that problem and you can then work towards resting your mind.
7. It's cathartic. Remember the phrase a problem shared is a problem halved? Us humans have an innate need to disclose. It’s been found that the majority of us would rather talk in a conversation than listen. In other words, we find communicating our thoughts a positive experience. Even when the outcome of disclosure could be negative - eg serving a prison sentence, it's been found people were still willing to confess in order to reduce the stress and anxiety of keeping the information to themselves.
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