ISSN : 2733-4538
The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of the depth of a person's self-disclosure on his physiological arousal, emotional catharsis, and cognitive understanding, under the anger-arousing stressful situation. Also, it was investigated if there is an interaction effects between the depth of self-disclosure and anger-in tendency. Subjects of this experiment were 64 male college students, who had either a high or a low level of anger-in tendency. The results showed that students in the intimate self-disclosure condition had a lower level of negative emotion, and had more positive self-understanding than those in the superficial self-disclosure condition. Also, these effects were found to be more salient in subjects with a high level of anger-in tendency. Implications of the present findings of this study were discussed in relation to confrontation-inhibition model(Pennebaker, 1989).