We can keep a secret — but should we?
I have secrets. So do you. So does everyone else. This is one of the many things human beings do — we hide stuff from other people.
But why do we do this? Are we afraid of intimacy? Are we ashamed of our past? And perhaps more importantly, what does all that secrecy cost us?
These are questions a new book tries to answer. It’s called The Secret Life of Secrets and the author is Michael Slepian, a psychologist at Columbia University. He’s spent a decade studying secrets and has a lot to say about what they are and what motivates them.