When to Share Your Story (and When Not to)

When is it safe to share your story, and when isn’t it? This is a question that needs to be navigated with care, whether you’re sharing a personal story with a friend or sharing your story with the wider public. Now that the holidays have arrived, this is a particularly timely topic. In general, my golden rule is this: Don’t share your story publicly until you’ve worked through it. What do I mean by that? If you’re working with a challenging personal story, bypass the instinct to share it at the holiday table (or on Facebook) until you’ve worked through your story enough so that it no longer triggers you. For those of you writing about some kind of personal challenge, this might mean working with a therapist or getting yourself the emotional support you need to work through the past (and shore […]

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