Self-disclosure is one o f the m ost researched topics o f the past three decades in the fields o f interpersonal com m unication, social psychology, and social and personal relationships. However, as the chapters in this volume dem on­ strate, im portant and interesting research questions continue to emerge. Ex­ isting research traditions have been moved forw ard in interesting directions, and new lines o f inquiry have been advanced. Using these chapters as a springboard, our goal in this concluding chapter is to identify some possible directions for future research on balancing disclosure, privacy, and secrecy. O ur com m ents are grouped into five m ajor points: taking the concept o f balance seriously, decentering the sovereign self, moving beyond target in­ tim ates, developing theory, and enlarging the methodological tool kit.