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We Want to Tell Our Secrets... Anonymously

PostSecret and the Power of Slowing It Down

Stephanie Keller | Posted 06.25.2013 | TED Weekends
Stephanie Keller

What are the pros and cons of automatic functionality versus conscious effort? How do they affect quality of life? And how had this particular call for secrets elicited such a powerful response, through handcrafted, snail mail postcards no less?

Telling a Secret Is Only Half the Story

Evan Imber-Black | Posted 06.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Evan Imber-Black

Placing a secret on a post card and having it go anonymously online differs markedly from the carefully crafted telling of a secret in a context of meaningful relationships. The former may be a rehearsal for the latter, but it never replaces it.

The Shame of Secrets

Rhonda Britten | Posted 06.21.2013 | TED Weekends
Rhonda Britten

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgI kept a secret for over 20 years. A secret that, if told, would bring up too much shame, too much guilt, too much pain.

Redefining Secrets in Our Global Village

Jonathan Appel, Ph.D. | Posted 04.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Jonathan Appel, Ph.D.

In telling our secrets to others (even anonymously), we are holding up a mirror to see the simple but profound truth of what "is." Is this perhaps the secret to life?

The Secrets We Regret

Kevin A. Hansen | Posted 04.20.2013 | TED Weekends
Kevin A. Hansen

It's an amazing project that lets us take an unfiltered look at the unspoken truths that could live in any of our hearts, souls, or minds. Frank has provided this unique outlet for so many people to truly free themselves of their secrets. But what about the secrets we regret?

It's No Secret

Wendy Bradford | Posted 04.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Wendy Bradford

As I am writing, I am also shopping online. As my husband has been entering and leaving the kitchen, I am repeatedly, quickly, and with a good measure of panic, minimizing that shopping window.

How Much Stressful Secret-Keeping Is Worth the Trouble?

Ben Thomas | Posted 06.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Ben Thomas

If the act of keeping a secret takes such a toll on our minds and bodies, and the act of revealing one is so freeing, is it truly healthy to keep secrets at all?

The Secrets We Keep From Our Partners

Dr. Pepper Schwartz | Posted 06.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Dr. Pepper Schwartz

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgSecrets and lies are commonplace in relationships, not only in the United States, but in the world. 43 percent of men and 33 percent of women say they keep major secrets from each other.

Documenting Secrets And Lives: The Web's Immortal Effect

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Laura Cococcia

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgIt also makes technology's powerful ability to save pieces of the recent past for us crystal clear. Who knew something as mundane as a saved voice mail could be such a simple yet profound document of life and death and love?

WATCH: Hilarious And Heartbreaking Secrets From Postsecret.com

Frank Warren | Posted 06.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Frank Warren

2013-04-18-warrenpullI began collecting and sharing secrets in 2004. I printed 3,000 self-addressed postcards with simple instructions about sharing an artful secret. I passed them out to strangers on the streets of Washington, D.C., not knowing what to expect.

LOOK: 10 Poignant Secrets That People Revealed To The World

Frank Warren | Posted 04.19.2013 | TED Weekends
Frank Warren

What happens when people are given the opportunity to tell their secrets to the world? Watch the video above to find out. Below, you'll also find ...