Berto Jongman: Secrecy & Madness

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Berto Jongman
Berto Jongman

Why You Can’t Keep a Secret


All of that mental exertion might actually wear a body down: research shows an association between keeping an emotionally charged secret and ailments ranging from the common cold to chronic diseases [3]. Other evidence in favor of disclosure includes multiple studies showing that writing about a traumatic experience can boost the immune system [4], and the finding that teens who confide in a parent or close friend report fewer physical complaints and less delinquent behavior, loneliness, and depression than those who sit on their secrets

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Phi Beta Iota: Secrecy is a form of cognitive dissonance. There are good and important secrects.  However, when one is burdened by a mix of immoral, illegal, or simply lunatic secrets, and that is combined with a $15 billion dollar a year “security” network that is often pathologically stupid, then secrecy can indeed induce madness.

See Also:

2004 Andregg (US) Why the Intelligence Community (IC) System Drives You Crazy, and How to Come In From the Cold

2013 Story Board: Peace & Prosperity Through Ethical Evidence-Based Decision-Support — Analytic Sources, Models, Tools, & Tradecraft 1957-2013 Add. 6 Aug 13

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