Shame, guilt, and secrets on the mind.

  title={Shame, guilt, and secrets on the mind.},
  author={Michael L. Slepian and James N. Kirby and Elise Katherine Kalokerinos},
Recent work suggests that what is harmful about secrecy is not active concealment within social interactions but rather mind wandering to a secret outside of concealment contexts. However, it is not yet clear what predicts mind wandering to and concealing secrets. We proposed that emotional appraisals of shame and guilt for secrecy would predict how secrecy is experienced. Four studies with 1,000 participants keeping more than 6,000 secrets demonstrated that shame was linked with increased mind… 

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