Interpersonal Relationship and Self-awareness Essay
• Unknown Self- Information, feelings, latent abilities, aptitudes, experiences etc, that are unknown to the person him/herself and unknown to others in the group. When communicating in a relationship, self disclosure needs to be reciprocal and appropriate. One of the main reasons we engage in self-disclosure is because of how it affects other people's perceptions of us, and indeed, our perceptions of other people. “As we strive to make sense of the world around us, to determine what is real and what is illusory, we depend on other people to validate our perceptions and impressions.” (Johnson, 1990, p.7) By practicing self-disclosure in a relationship, the intimacy between two people can be increased. The art of self-disclosure would be to give away information in the right way and at the right time. By not adhering to this, there might be repercussions of rejection and hostility.
In real-life context, one of the incidents when my self-awareness was developed immensely was during my secondary three year when I was 15 years old. I was rapidly losing my interest in studies when before I was just an average student. I did not realize that this was due to me working part-time at a fast-food outlet and had negative influences which made me assume the meager pay I was earning was the best ever and I did not need education to succeed