Riddle #5 – What is it?

If you have it

you don’t share it.

If you share it

you don’t have it.

What is it?


And while you’re here, check out these 10 facts about Secrets…

Historical Espionage: The act of keeping secrets, especially in the realm of government and military information, dates back thousands of years. Espionage, or the practice of spying to obtain secrets, has been employed by various civilizations including ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome.

Brain Activity: When someone is keeping a secret, there’s often increased activity in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain. This is an area associated with the recognition of discrepancies between one’s external behavior and internal feelings.

Physical Toll: Keeping a secret can have physical repercussions. Some studies suggest that when someone hides a personal secret, they might perceive physical tasks as more challenging than they actually are.

Secret Keeping & Relationships: Secrets can have a profound impact on relationships. While some secrets can be benign or even protective, others can lead to feelings of guilt, strain, and a decline in relationship satisfaction.

Digital Secrets: With the rise of the digital age, the nature of secrets has evolved. Encrypted communications, anonymous online identities, and digital vaults are new tools and challenges in the world of secret-keeping.

Cultural Differences: Different cultures have varying attitudes toward secrets. In some societies, secrets are heavily stigmatized and transparency is promoted, while in others, keeping certain matters private is seen as a sign of respect or politeness.

Children & Secrets: Children begin to understand and keep secrets around the age of 5 or 6. This coincides with the development of theory of mind, which is the ability to understand that others have beliefs, intentions, and knowledge different from one’s own.

Trade Secrets: In the corporate world, trade secrets can be valuable assets. Companies often go to great lengths to protect proprietary formulas, methods, or information that gives them a competitive advantage.

Historical Secret Societies: Throughout history, there have been numerous secret societies, like the Freemasons and the Illuminati, which have rituals, ceremonies, and knowledge that they keep hidden from non-members.

Confession Phenomenon: Despite the human tendency to keep secrets, there’s also a compelling drive to share them. This is evident in phenomena like confession websites, therapy sessions, or simply confiding in a trusted friend. Revealing secrets can provide psychological relief and is sometimes referred to as the “confession effect.”

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