Disclosing information about the self is intrinsically rewarding.

@article{Tamir2012DisclosingIA,
  title={Disclosing information about the self is intrinsically rewarding.},
  author={Diana I. Tamir and Jason P. Mitchell},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2012},
  volume={109 21},
  pages={8038-43}
}
Humans devote 30-40% of speech output solely to informing others of their own subjective experiences. What drives this propensity for disclosure? Here, we test recent theories that individuals place high subjective value on opportunities to communicate their thoughts and feelings to others and that doing so engages neural and cognitive mechanisms associated with reward. Five studies provided support for this hypothesis. Self-disclosure was strongly associated with increased activation in brain… CONTINUE READING

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