Reciprocal self-disclosure helps in building connections with others, finds a study from the University of Michigan. The researchers carried out several studies, analysing more than 2,600 conversations on platforms such as Reddit and Facebook, as well as text messages and other settings. The findings suggest that when people respond to someone else’s self-disclosure with a similar personal experience, it fosters feelings of validation, understanding, and care. Reciprocally sharing similar experiences – without one upmanship – helps individuals feel acknowledged and...

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