#367 The Price of Secrecy | Michael Slepian

Ten Percent Happier
July 28, 2021
#367 The Price of Secrecy | Michael Slepian
Ten Percent Happier with Dan Harris
Transcript

This episode is all about secrets. 

Did you know that there are 38 categories of secrets—and statistically, according to Michael Slepian, you probably have about 13 of them right now? 

Slepian is the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School. He studies the psychology of secrets — and how keeping secrets affects our social life and work life, particularly as it pertains to trust and motivation. 

In this conversation we dive into the hardest part about having secrets, the toll secrets take (both physically and psychologically), how other people can help us handle our secrets in a healthier way, and the impact of societal systems and structures on our secret keeping. 

(One thing to note: There are brief references to abuse and other traumatic events that some people keep secret.)



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