A big part of your journey of transformation will include transparency and honesty. You must learn to be honest and transparent with yourself and those who are there to help you through your journey (therapist, doctors, family & friends).
You can’t get help with the things that you don’t admit are an issue. I am not saying to take hold of or embrace negative thought patterns or unproductive views, but you have to admit that they exist before changing them.
Being honest means truthfully sharing information being asked of you. Transparency means being honest without having to be asked; it requires a level of vulnerability.
Using wisdom on how and when you share is reasonable and often necessary with family and friends. But also evaluate if withholding information is helping or hurting your progress. Perhaps you are missing out on the accountability you need by not sharing information with those around you. Transparency also tends to deepen relationships, which can be helpful in your growth and growth process.
With your therapist or doctor, you may find more freedom in sharing information, and in these settings, it is important to give pertinent and accurate information. If you are unsure if the information is pertinent, feel free to ask them. Trying to withhold information to uphold a particular image with them only hurts you and stalls your progress.
The therapist’s or doctor’s job is to assist you along your journey, and the most effective way for them to do so is if they have all of the information they need. If you feel unheard or overlooked by members of your healthcare team, you may look into finding others that will address your needs/concerns.The bottom line is that healing and transforming your mind can be a very vulnerable process, but the result is most often worth the work.