this is a great thread. i would certainly vote to hear what these "professionals" have to say about their role in helping "Big Brother."
i am always reluctant to give out personal information for the reasons chutzie has stated. i would rather a person or organization get to know me first, my strengths and weaknesses, and then, if and when appropriate to divulge some additional personal information.
once i was an active member of an organization for several years. after being elected President the third year, i subtley let them know i was jewish. "my god," one of them said, "you don't look, act, or talk like a jew!" i replied, "maybe your concepts of what a jew is needs changing."
the same is true of taking narcotics for pain. my wife and i were with some friends at an auction once and one of them asked if anybody had an asperin. my wife said, "no, but we have some morphine." cracked everybody in our group up. they now know that i take narcotics for my pain. myh wife and i have known these people for about four years. they still don't know that i'm jewish. one trauma at a time, i always say. lol
this is just FYI. when we moved to this small town in alabama, the first question we were asked by everyone we met was, "and where do you go to church?" i felt like telling them we didn't, or that my schul is in huntsville, or that my mosque was in birmingham. but i smiled and my wife said that we were still looking. one pulmonary dr i see has an entire pamphlet devoted to how he would welcome helping any patient to find Jesus. sometimes i get so angry with this christian thing i could scream. then i remember that i participated in the decision to move here to be closer to our daughter and that i knew what i was getting into.
i don't have any problems with people of any faith or belief so long as they don't hurt themselves or others. i've been friends with wiccans, baptists, methodists, muslems, mormons, etc. when we become friends we sometimes have even shared our thoughts on our respective religions. but i refuse to inflict my beliefs on anyone and i resent anyone inflicting their beliefs on me.
if everyone had your attitude, this would be a much safer, well-balanced world. maybe we could all pray to our gods for that level of understanding and tolerance.