Aug 15, 2018
I don’t hear the term “TMI” (which stands for “too much
information") much anymore, but it perfectly fits what we’ll be
exploring in this episode. Some of us tend to share too much, while
others tend not to share as much as we should. This episode
includes a homework assignment you can complete after you listen
that will help you figure out with whom and how much to share—using
what I call the Zones of Intimacy and the Zones of Privacy.
Biggest Takeaways From Episode #23:
- Sharing personal information with others can fall on a spectrum
between sharing too much on one end, to not sharing enough on the
other. How much personal information you should share depends on
who you’re talking to, the context, and the type of
- Anonymous people or casual acquaintances you come into contact
with in your everyday life don’t have a right to your personal
information. However, the more intimate the relationship is, the
more personal information we should share.
- To determine how much of your personal information you should
share, you need to understand Zones of Intimacy and Zones of
Privacy. Imagine two sheets of paper, each with five concentric
circles. One sheet contains the people in your life, and the other
contains your personal information. In the Zone of Privacy, the
innermost circle contains extremely personal information such as
your sexual preferences, vulnerabilities, and your deepest wishes.
The outermost circle contains mundane information, such as what
kind of car you drive or the general area where you live.
- Ideally, your Zones of Intimacy Zones of Privacy should match.
For example, you would only share your most private, personal
information with your intimate partner or spouse.
Highlights from Episode #23:
- Vicki introduces the topic of today’s episode, and explores
what TMI is. [00:48]
- We hear more about oversharing, under-sharing, and some common
experiences involved with sharing. [03:41]
- Vicki clarifies how the topic she’s covering today is different
from determining whether information is secret or private.
- The tool that Vicki shares in this episode (Zones of Intimacy
and Zones of Privacy) involves two sets of concentric circles. She
explains what these circles represent in both zones. [11:02]
- We learn how the Zones of Privacy correspond with the Zones of
- What it means for your Zones of Intimacy and Zones of Intimacy
to match up. [21:43]
- Vicki recaps what she has covered in today’s episode.
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