Self-Disclosure in the Classroom
Disclosure primarily refers to publication, revelation, admission, confession, declaration and manifestation of information. Self-disclosure therefore is the act of revealing something private about one’s self which is often unknown by other people. The attributes of self-disclosure include two aspects. The first aspect associated with self-disclosure is deliberate. The person revealing information should do so at his or her own will and should never be forced into giving out information. The second aspect of self-disclosure is that the information revealed should not be known earlier but anyone else. This means self-disclosure includes revealing of private information. Private information is an information that is only known by the first person affected by the information. In case the first party does not reveal this information, the contents would therefore never be known by other parties. Public information on the other hand include information that is known by the first person affected and others parties that are not affected by the information. Among the notable characteristics of self-disclosure include incremental nature and scarcity nature in terms of information provided. The incremental nature of self-disclosure results from trust. After the first disclosure, an individual often trusts the party disclosed to and tends to increase the information given within a specific time. Scarcity nature of self-disclosure on the contrary results from lack of trust. People to reveal so much about themselves to the public. This paper analyzes different aspects of self-disclosure putting emphasis in the classroom setting.
As a result of the intellectual intimacy, we tend to reveal information about ourselves in the classroom setting. This unknown information is often revealed between two or more students and between students and teachers. Apart from the intellectual disclosure, students also often disclose information about their social problems to teachers. This leads to emotional intimacy between the teacher and the students. I believe people should disclose as little as possible private information about themselves. This is because self-disclosure can result to diverse effects in a classroom setting. A classroom usually contain students with different beliefs and values. An individual engaging in deep self-disclosure is therefore likely to be judged by both the teachers and his or her fellow students.