Si.. How can I phrase or quote the below sentence in a better meaningful way

"You have to open up about yourself first (like introduce self or answer the question asked by the other person or to know him first) so that the other person is comfortable with talking to him about his issues or personal life."

Much like talking to a therapist. The patient wants to know about the doctor (anything). Why I refer the therapist and the patient here as an example, is because the other person is the one who is offering the help and the patient can discuss anything with the therapist.

Edit: I am really sorry for the confusion. Seems like everyone is taking it in the wrong way. What I actually want is to replace the above highlighted sentence with one short sentence like a quote in a polite way. Like "Open oneself before asking" would this be the appropriate one or is there any other phrase or quote.

  • The phrase "open up about yourself" in that context communicates your intent. What's the connection you're trying to draw between that and the two other words you're asking about? If you're not trying to draw a connection there, it (cf combining words) should be asked as another question, including background etc as you have nicely done for this question. It would help, though, if you could explain why you feel that "open up" isn't a "meaningful" expression of the idea you're trying to communicate. – Lawrence Jul 5 '17 at 23:35
  • What is the context of the sentence (where do you wish to use it?), and what is your objective? – Mark D Worthen PsyD Jul 6 '17 at 0:00
  • What does "loud-mouthed" and "wiseacre" have to do with opening up? Two diiferent questions, perhaps? – Cascabel Jul 6 '17 at 0:52
  • @Lawrence how can better phrase or quote it in order to used it during written conversation. CF is not related. – OnePunchMan Jul 6 '17 at 2:51
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    Then please ask separate questions. – Cascabel Jul 6 '17 at 3:35

Self-disclosure promotes openness.

  • You can replace 'promotes' with synonyms such as 'facilitates', 'encourages', or 'furthers'.

  • And you can substitute 'self-disclosure', 'risk-taking', 'open communication', or 'frank dialogue' for 'openness'.

A metaphorical expression that communicates the concept:

Self-disclosure is contagious.


I'm not sure of your full intentions but I will help you modify the phrasing so it's grammatically correct using the context I can gather. It sounds to me like you are writing a piece for a therapist about how to deal with patients? Or something of that nature? If that is the case I would change it as follows:

You must open up about yourself right from the start as this will create a rapport with your patient. For example, answer questions they ask you, tell them about yourself, your life, personal details. Get to know them. This will be very important in allowing them to get comfortable speaking with you about deeper, more intimate, personal issues.

I hope that helps? Please ask a separate question for the other words.

  • Please see the edit, really sorry about the confusion. – OnePunchMan Jul 6 '17 at 7:10

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