Secrecy research: Coverage in the news
"Trump backers who were afraid to tell their loved ones" (op-ed) CNN,
"Why the secrets you keep are hurting you" Scientific American,
"Should you keep a secret?" The Wall Street Journal,
"The secret life of secrets" The New Yorker,
"Why it's so hard to keep a secret" Scientific American,
"The worst part of keeping a secret" The Atlantic,
"Keeping secrets isn't so bad for you after all - with one exception" New
"The price of secrecy" The Economist,
"Your deepest secrets" (cover story) Psychology Today,
"Spill the beans." The Atlantic,
"Why you can't keep a secret." The Atlantic,
Papers on secrecy
Slepian, M.L., Greenaway, K.H., & Masicampo, E.J. (in press). Thinking through secrets: Rethinking the role of thought suppression in secrecy. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
McDonald, R.I, Salerno, J.M., Greenaway, K.H., & Slepian, M.L. (2020). Motivated secrecy: Politics, relationships, and regrets. Motivation Science, 6, 61-78.
Slepian, M.L., Kirby, J.N., & Kalokerinos, E.K. (2020). Shame, guilt, and secrets on the mind. Emotion, 20, 323-328.
Slepian, M.L., Halevy, N., & Galinsky, A.D. (2019). The solitude of secrecy: Thinking about secrets evokes motivational conflict and feelings of fatigue. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 45, 1129-1151.
Slepian, M.L. & Moulton-Tetlock, E. (2019). Confiding secrets and well-being. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 10, 472-484.
Liu, Z. & Slepian, M.L. (2018). Secrecy: Unshared realities. Current Opinion in Psychology, 23, 124-128.
Slepian, M.L., & Greenaway, K.H. (2018). The benefits and burdens of keeping others' secrets. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 78, 220-232.
Slepian, M.L., & Kirby, J.N. (2018). To whom do we confide our secrets? Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 44, 1008-1023.
Slepian, M.L., & Bastian, B. (2017). Truth or punishment: Secrecy and punishing the self. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 43, 1596-1611.
Slepian, M.L., Chun, J.S., & Mason, M.F. (2017). The experience of secrecy. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113, 1-33.
Slepian, M.L, Masicampo, E.J., & Galinsky, A.D. (2016). The hidden effects of recalling secrets: Assimilation, contrast, and the burdens of secrecy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 145, 27-48.
Slepian, M.L., Camp, N.P., & Masicampo, E.J. (2015). Exploring the secrecy burden: Secrets, preoccupation, and perceptual judgments. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 144, e31-e42.
Slepian, M.L., Masicampo, E.J., & Ambady, N. (2014). Relieving the burdens of secrecy: Revealing secrets influences judgments of hill slant and distance. Social Psychological and Personality Science, 5, 293-300.
Slepian, M.L., Masicampo, E.J., Toosi, N.R., & Ambady, N. (2012). The physical burdens of secrecy. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 619-624.
Interactive graph: The experience of secrecy
What secrets do people keep? What is harmful about having a secret? People think about secrets outside of concealment contexts (mind-wander to them) far more often than they actually coneal their secrets within social interactions. Moreover, only the frequency of mind-wandering to secrets, not concealing secrets, predicts lower well-being. For more information, see Slepian et al., 2017
Explore the below graph by tapping / hovering over
the circles, which reveals what kind of secret the data points represent.