Oversharing, or being honest?

“I’ve found that if I say what I’m really thinking and feeling, people are more likely to say what they really think and feel.  The conversation becomes a real conversation.”

-Carol Gilligan

Over-sharing, or being honest?

Many times, I have found myself scared of being an over-sharer.  I do not feel comfortable in every social situation, or with every person, but once I am comfortable I share a lot about myself.  I know that I am an introvert, which means that I get my energy by spending time alone, compared to extrovert who get their energy from being in social situations.

Learn more about these  personality types here, or take a test to see what you are here.

I don’t feel the need to tell everyone about myself, but when I do it feels like I open a tap and can’t stop when I am with someone that I feel comfortable around.  Unfortunately, I feel like I can overwhelm those around me once I start sharing.  I think I am good at listening, so it is not that I am talking incessantly, but I could talk for hours when I am with someone that I like.

Also, I find that my filter disappears when I am comfortable around someone.  I do not mind sharing intimate details about my personal life or experiences that I have had.  I think that it is important to talk about experiences, even just to get things off your chest.  Doing this helps to process your experiences and the feelings associated, and creates an opportunity for another person to give some input and share their similar experiences.  I know that there have been times when I have said too much, or it seems like I have and then I feel guilty.  I feel guilty because I tend to enjoy being stoic and talk less about myself, therefore it feels like I am breaking a rule.  I know this is in my head, and rules that I have made that may not reflect how I actually am in life.

People need people.  We need to talk to others and feel connected.  It is unfortunate that people shut themselves off from others, and that being stoic is valued.  We need to feel supported and to support others.  The take away here is that sharing is not bad, but make sure that you are supporting those around you as well.  Listen.  Actively listen.

-GR

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