Michael Slepian: Everything You Need to Know About Secrets


Michael Slepian

Michael Slepian is a leading expert on the psychology of secrets. He studies the psychology of secrets and how keeping secrets affect variables that govern social and organizational life. He’s also a professor at Columbia Business School, author of The Secret Life of Secrets, and an elected fellow of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology. He has received the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science, and he has also received the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. 

Michale has authored more than fifty articles on secrecy, truth, and deception. His research has been covered by The New York Times, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, the BBC, NPR, and more.

We talk about…

  • What a secret is
  • How secrets can become a burden
  • Why people keep secrets
  • Why someone might feel compelled to share their secret
  • Why some people are better secret keepers than others 
  • Whether or not you should keep a secret
  • Why keeping secrets can feel hard
  • What you can do if you’re struggling with a secret
  • When secrecy starts to impact a kid's well-being 

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