The Psychology of Secrets / Edition 1

The Psychology of Secrets / Edition 1

by Anita E. Kelly
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Springer US

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The Psychology of Secrets / Edition 1

The public revelation of what were once considered extremely private matters is becoming a new social norm. Has this movement toward openness gone too far? Are there negative consequences to revealing secrets? When and why is it helpful to reveal secrets? What can be done to alleviate the burden of secrecy? Will the anguish of keeping a secret pass in time? What factors should enter into deciding to reveal a secret? This book addresses these questions.

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ISBN-13: 9780306466571
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 09/05/2007
Series: Springer Series in Social Clinical Psychology
Edition description: 2002
Pages: 263
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

1. Nature of Secrecy.
2. Individual Differences in Secret Keeping.
3. Explaining Why Secrecy is Linked to Problems.
4. Health Benefits of Revealing.
5. What is it About Revealing Secrets that is Beneficial?
6. Secrecy and Openness in Psychotherapy.
7. Explaining Why Openness May Not be Therapeutic: A Self-Presentational View of Psychotherapy.
8. Dilemmas to Revealing Secrets and the Role of the Confidant.
9. When to Reveal Personal Secrets in a Particular Relationship.

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