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Why keeping secrets is bad for your health

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Why keeping secrets is bad for your health http://theatln.tc/1D6aoHS http://t.co/n5vMwPg1rZ
10:58 PM Jul 11 2015

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“The more preoccupied people were with their secrets, the more effort they thought was required to keep their secrets, and so other things seemed more challenging,” Slepian told me recently. “The more challenged you feel … you judge the environment as more extreme.”

This phenomenon resembles grudge-holding, which has a similarly onerous effect. In a series of studies, participants who were asked to think about a time when they forgave a wrongdoer jumped much higher and perceived a hill as less steep than a control group.

It's also similar to worrying, which does not actually help. 

*Study sponsored by the NSA.*

Haha. Wait, you're serious?

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