Should We Stop Keeping Secrets?
”Neuroscientists now believe it’s biologically better for us to confess our secrets, or better, just to refuse to be party to someone else’s. The reason: holding on to them puts the brain in an awkward, compromised position. The cingulate cortex, essential to our emotional responses, is wired to tell the truth. This ”logical lobe” signals other regions of the brain to share information so it can move on to more important functions, like learning. But when you keep a secret locked inside, you don’t allow the cingulate to perform its natural functions. Instead, the cortex becomes stressed.”
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By Gina Roberts-Grey, Next Avenue Contributor
The Physical Burdens of Secrecy:
Revealing Personal Secrets, Anita E. Kelly1. First Published August 1, 1999 research-article
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