Linda and Charlie Bloom share the benefits of choosing to reveal not conceal in a relationship. There is a time and a place for both, but it can be helpful to choose to reveal.
We live in a culture in which self-revelation and the exposure of our inner feelings are often perceived as being inappropriate and of making us dangerously vulnerable to the judgments of others. There are certain risks involved when we expose intimate, personal feelings and thoughts to others, and we certainly don’t recommend unconditional exposure of intimate personal thoughts and feelings to everyone that we meet.
The revealing of such experiences requires a certain degree of discretion and discernment in assessing another’s trustworthiness when it comes to their ability to respect and appreciate information about ourselves that we have shared with them. The set and setting of our relationship is also an important aspect of the degree of revealing that we choose to do with them.
A hallmark of a healthy, creative culture is that its people feel free to share ideas, opinions, and criticisms. Lack of candor, if unchecked, ultimately leads to dysfunctional environments. ~ Ed Catmull in Creativity, Inc.