We often believe we’re supposed to keep our personal lives private, but this is not always true. Hardships are something we all experience, and nothing connects us together more than sharing feelings with other people and honestly saying “Me too, I’ve been there. I know that feeling. It’s hard”.
Disclosing information with clients about our own lives can help us offer support, show empathy and build rapport.
It’s okay for us to share information about ourselves with clients as long as it’s brief, intentional and relevant to a client’s health care needs. And, as long as what we’re sharing isn’t too intimate, diminishes a client’s feelings or makes them feel uncomfortable.
When sharing is done at the right time for the right reasons, self-disclosure is a temporary boundary crossing that can help us meet people’s needs in a way that nothing else can.
Pretending to be perfect and live a perfect life for the sake of appearing professional and bulletproof gets in the way of seeing, hearing and respecting the people we care for.
We are imperfect. Our lives are imperfect. But these imperfections are what connect us.
Our scars are the stories reminding us that we’re all in this together.