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Why keeping secrets can be bad for your mental health

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Secrets can ruminate around our head and develop into negative thought spirals. Photo: Picture posed

Secrets can ruminate around our head and develop into negative thought spirals. Photo: Picture posed

Secrets can ruminate around our head and develop into negative thought spirals. Photo: Picture posed

Tittle-tattle, muck rake, blabbermouth, busybody, gossip. Most of the words we use to describe people who can’t keep secrets are pretty judgemental.

Being able to keep schtum is a personal and social trait we value highly. Someone who doesn’t gossip is seen to have control, decorum and discretion, but keeping secrets isn’t so good for us mental-health-wise. In fact, harbouring them can cause long-term psychological and emotional damage.


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