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    Default "Fear of revealing too much" - Analyzing the feeling

    Hm. Not sure if others have experienced this feeling before. Even if it's part of the introverts nature to keep things to himself.

    Right I'm scared of giving too much information away about myself. You could say it's the fear of rejection, except it's not because I'm scared others will reject me for the content. Rather it's the belief that if I tell others everything, I'll reach a certain point where I have nothing left to add. Is this a false belief?

    People often feel closer to you if you reveal something important/secret or open up to them. Yet if you are fully exposed, what exactly happens then?

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    I know the feeling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kai View Post
    Rather it's the belief that if I tell others everything, I'll reach a certain point where I have nothing left to add. Is this a false belief?
    It is false, in a way. There is always something more, because you find out things about yourself.

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    People often feel closer to you if you reveal something important/secret or open up to them. Yet if you are fully exposed, what exactly happens then?
    The thing is... even if people do get closer by sharing, it can get to a point that all you talk about is something "deep" and when there isn't any more truly truly deep stuff, everything feels a bit empty. So, the danger is that you fool yourself to believe that talking about your soul or stuff like that is the only thing that matters. It isn't more valuable subject than what you had for dinner. Sometimes I feel like people who talk deep are just trying to take a shortcut. It can backfire, I tell you...

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    Yuppers, know this one.

    I don't like feeling vulnerable or showing negative emotions and revealing too much can make both of those things happen.

    Guess it's a fear of not being in control of myself. That said it often takes me letting go of some of that control for others to get close to me.

    Quote Originally Posted by Kai
    People often feel closer to you if you reveal something important/secret or open up to them. Yet if you are fully exposed, what exactly happens then?
    I don't think it matters, if you have a strong connection with someone you can talk about the weather and be happy, not every conversation need to have deep substance. In fact I think these are the best and strongest relationships as long as it’s two way.

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    See now I have this off to a fine art - I let people think that I am an open book but really I am far from it. DOn't know why I am secretive, always have been from a child.. Is it to do with type, I'm not sure as some of the other ENFPs I have met seem pretty open and honest but then again they could be playing the game too!

    I think with me it's just the way that I am.
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    It could be a trust issue. You may have no reason to believe that the person you tell will stick by you if you share something with them or, worse, that they won't use it against you in some way. It may or may not be a founded belief; it's situational and dependent upon the person you're with. It's also a function of both you and the other person, depending also on how you view yourself.

    In my experience, opening yourself up in such a way allows the other person to trust you more and so it builds upon itself. But that implies that you need trust to establish trust. It's just a tricky situation.

    I place no value judgment on being guarded in general, but I often wish I were capable of being more open myself and it's something that I'm working on.

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    Thanks for the replies. It's certainly given me something to think about, especially the last paragraph.

    I was asking another person today whether they could become close friends with somebody who was completely open about their life with others. Because people derive a sense of friendship out of the whole "Only I know this secert therefore I must be close"

    Their answer was no, they didn't think so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kai View Post
    Their answer was no, they didn't think so.
    I guess this is true, too! If you hand your trust out too freely, others can see it as meaningless.

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    I have to really trust someone before I'll open up--and that trust includes the assurance that if I share things about myself that they won't go blabbing to the free world. I guess I share, but I share very, very selectively.
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    My safety mechanism is to talk about almost every aspect of myself, often making a joke out of it. This way I'm not rejected because people already assume I'm crazy for being so in-your-face.

    I do find I tend to kid myself in a way. I often paint a "i don't care about anything" picture to people, and I actually believe it myself, only to realize that's not always the truth when the shit hits the fan. So I might be effectively hiding my true self in a way even though I'm have no problem to talk about my soul to others.

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    I give as much info about myself as others need to know to understand me (or what I want to be understood). I end up not saying a great deal about myself to people I don't know since my views tend to be very different from those held up in today's society/ my generation.

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