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Why Do Some Share Private Information About Others That They Know They Should Not?

Emerson discusses the reasons why people sometimes share private information that they shouldn't, even with noble intentions. He highlights motives such as wanting to feel significant, socially bond, and create curiosity, but emphasizes the importance of respecting confidentiality and how breaching it can erode trust.

Questions to Consider

  1. When was a time that you shared information about a person to another that you probably should not have? Why did you share this? Did you convince yourself you had noble intentions?
  2. Of the three motives Emerson shared—to feel significant, to socially bond, and to create curiosity—which did you relate to the most? Why do you think you have such a strong desire to feel significant, socially bond, or create curiosity that you convince yourself it’s okay to share private information?
  3. How would you feel if another divulged a confidentiality because they wished to feel significant, socially bond, and create curiosity in others?
  4. Moving forward, how can you better determine if you are maintaining trust and privacy when talking to others about someone?