Setting aside the bad name “safe spaces” or “boundaries” may have in one’s experience, consider the strong possibility that safe spaces must have boundaries to control the amount and type of information within the space, along with even the method and tone of delivery of the information.

This doesn’t just protect the information sharer (for whom the space is more intended to be safe for). It’s also to protect the listener or receiver so that they can process the information and reach a better understanding of that information.

Trauma dumping, for example, is a process where someone suddenly and without prior consent dumps detailed information about their trauma on a listener. The space might not even be agreed upon as a safe one to start. The listener has no emotional space or even time to prepare themselves to receive the information, and can be hurt as a result of the dumping.

Boundaries within a safe space are important.