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To tell or not to tell: disclosure and the narrative self.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19076992     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Drawing from a narrative identity framework, we present the results of three studies examining the nature of what people do and do not disclose about their life experiences. Across three studies, our findings indicate that (1) the major difference in what people do and do not disclose concerns the emotionality of the events and whether or not the events are transgressions; (2) for everyday memorable events, increased negative emotion is associated with greater likelihood of disclosure; but (3) for more important and/or longer retained events, increased negative and decreased positive emotion were associated with lower likelihoods of disclosure. We also found that socioemotional consequences are an important reason for nondisclosure of important past experiences and are predictably related to the extent to which events induce positive and negative emotions. Findings are considered in terms of their implications for narrative identity.
Monisha Pasupathi; Kate C McLean; Trisha Weeks
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2008-12-09
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of personality     Volume:  77     ISSN:  1467-6494     ISO Abbreviation:  J Pers     Publication Date:  2009 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-26     Completed Date:  2009-05-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985194R     Medline TA:  J Pers     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  89-123     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychology, University of Utah, 390 S. 1530 E. 502, Salt Lake City, UT 84112, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Anecdotes as Topic
Internal-External Control*
Interpersonal Relations*
Life Change Events*
Linear Models
Self Concept*
Self Disclosure*
Social Environment
Social Identification
Young Adult

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