Sharing true information
With the help of that theory it is possible to describe the relationship between individuals and at the same time to deliver an explanation of the human need to exchange personal information. It focuses particularly on the disclosure of feelings, emotions, opinions and interests. It can be assumed, that an individual is confronted with the decision, whether it wants to disclose a real self-concept or only a preferred version of its self-images.
However, two main functions of that theory can be derived. At first an individual tries to create a social bond between himself and another person. This is due to the fact to create intimacy. But based on that level of self-disclosure, an individual is capable to influence that level of intimacy because it can decide which information it does want to disclose and which it doesn’t. Close friends usually have got a high level of intimacy, that is to say, the try to provide lots of true information.