I open up myself very well
I open myself very well

For emotions, vulnerabilities, which form is right or better?
Does "open up" exist?

2 Answers 2


Open up to someone is the correct expression: ​

  • to start to talk more about yourself and your feelings:
    • I've never opened up to anyone like I do to you.

(Cambridge Dictionary)

Note also:

Open up to something:

  • to become more accepting of someone or something.

    • Finally, he opened up to the suggestion that he should leave. Finally the boss opened up to the notion of Tom as a manager.

(McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms)

  • Yes, you are certainly correct that "open up" is acceptable but you don't address the examples in the question at all, which are very poor English.
    – Catija
    Nov 23, 2016 at 22:11

Both are generally viable options but neither of them work in your sample sentences.

We use both "open" and "open up" to mean that you're speaking freely about a subject or welcoming other things.

I need to learn how to open up more with my family.
Please be open and honest with me about how you feel.
Opening up and talking about your issues will improve communication.

That said, being used with "myself" often actually requires placing the "myself" between "open" and "up".

I'm opening myself up to criticism so that I can be a better person.

Saying "I open up myself" sounds a bit odd because of the word order. Here's an example that I think is the most similar to what you're trying to say:

I may also be surprised by what I hear when I open myself up to the words of others instead of staying trapped in my own little head.

And, still, "up" is not necessary, though it's probably more common. The sentence above could easily omit "up" and still be perfectly acceptable.

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