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X86: The Secret Burden with Michael Slepian

By June 17, 2022December 27th, 2022No Comments

Do you have a secret? I bet you do, because turns out, on average we each carry 13 secrets. 13 things that we are just unwilling to share with people.

But let me ask you this: Have you ever taken a moment to feel the secret?

When you bring it to mind right now, what does it feel like in your body? Heavy? Dark? Sinking? Nauseating? Stuck? Or maybe it feels exciting and fluttery. Or maybe it doesn’t feel like much at all.

The fact that we each have an average of 13 secrets at a given time is so shocking to me because I know how secrets can affect a person… and I’ll give you a hint: overall it’s not great.

So what do we do about it? How do we know when a secret is harmful and how do we make it more bearable to open up?

That’s what we’re talking about today. Our guest is Michael Slepian. He is the leading expert on the psychology of secrets. Slepian has authored more than fifty articles on secrecy, truth, and deception.

We Will Learn

  • The consequences of secrets and how to know when to open up.
  • The distinction between secrecy and privacy.
  • The psychology of “positive secrets” (i.e. a proposal, a surprise party, a promotion).


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