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Top 25 secrets people keep from friends and family

Top 25 secrets people keep from friends and family
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Big or small, trivial or life-altering, we all have secrets— but what makes us want to keep a secret?

Our secrets are tightly wired to our emotions, and they pulse with a sensitive, intermittent charge along the boundaries of our familiar internal territory. Sometimes we keep the biggest secrets to protect others from being hurt but most of the time, we are keeping ourselves safe, and usually, we are motivated by embarrassment.

A recent survey asked 2,000 adults what their deepest secrets are and according to the results, mental health, hygiene, and affairs topped the list of things most people hide from others.

Put together by OnePoll on behalf of Sky HISTORY, the survey reveals mental health issues are the number one most common secret among adults. After that, an embarrassing or “cringeworthy” incident comes in at number two with a third of people admitting to keeping such mistakes to themselves.

Meanwhile, one in five adults keeps their secrets simply to avoid relationship issues.

Here are the top 25 secrets people keep from friends and family:

  1. Mental health issues
  2. Embarrassing incidents
  3. Internet history
  4. Eating/snacking habits
  5. Hygiene habits
  6. Number of past sex partners
  7. Bank/credit card statements
  8. Faking an illness in the past to avoid a commitment
  9. Affairs/infidelities
  10. One night stands
  11. Illnesses
  12. Smoking habits
  13. Faking an illness to avoid work
  14. Money spent on food
  15. Fears/phobias
  16. Supporting an unpopular football team
  17. Time spent at the bar/pub
  18. Buying expensive items online
  19. Drug use
  20. Alcohol abuse
  21. Having a celebrity crush
  22. How good you are, or aren’t at something
  23. Being on a diet
  24. Political opinions
  25. Family history
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