Pssst! Want to know a secret? Okay, here’s one. Did you know that keeping secrets can actually be harmful to your health. At the same time, revealing your personal secrets can produce immediate health benefits.
This stylish video from BuzzFeed uses secrets compiled from the Whisper app, which allows users to anonymously unburden themselves of their deepest secrets, to help illustrate some of the science behind how secrets affect your mental and physical health.
And because Whisper and BuzzFeed are being secretive about this video, it cannot be embedded. You can view the video at this link.
The video, perhaps because it is produced in cooperation with Whisper, comes down strongly in favor of revealing secrets rather than holding on to them, and while there are strong arguments in favor of talking about your secrets, it should be noted that there are also arguments to be made for keeping secrets.
First of all, revealing secrets needs to be done correctly. Don’t just blab your deepest darkest out to anyone. Be sure you are in a supportive, non-judgmental setting with people who can’t or won’t use your previously secret information to hurt you in some way.
Revealing secrets in professional settings is probably not the best idea, for example.
Otherwise, revealing secrets can relieve stress and anxiety, and most important, can lead you to better understand yourself and mature as a person, by allowing discussion of things that nay have bothered you, but that you never told anyone before.
So take 2 1/2 minutes to watch this fascinating video, then tell us — do you think revealing your secrets is helpful, or dangerous?