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The psychology of secrets

Author: Anita E Kelly
Publisher: New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum, ©2002.
Series: Plenum series in social/clinical psychology.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The public revelation of what were once considered extremely private matters is becoming a new social norm. Has this movement toward openness gone too far? Are there negative consequences to revealing secrets? When and why is it helpful to reveal secrets? What can be done to alleviate the burden of secrecy? Will the anguish of keeping a secret pass in time? What factors should enter into deciding to reveal a secret?  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Kelly, Anita E.
Psychology of secrets.
New York : Kluwer Academic/Plenum, [2002]
(OCoLC)852790706
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Anita E Kelly
ISBN: 0306466570 9780306466571
OCLC Number: 48256220
Description: xiii, 263 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: ch. 1. The nature of secrecy --
ch. 2. Individual differences in secret keeping --
ch. 3. Why secrecy is linked to problems --
ch. 4. Health benefits of revealing --
ch. 5. What is it about revealing secrets that is beneficial --
ch. 6. Secrecy and openness in psychotherapy --
ch. 7. Why openness may not be therapeutic : a self presentational view of psychotherapy --
ch. 8. Dilemmas to revealing secrets and the role of the confidant --
ch. 9. When to reveal personal secrets in a particular relationship.
Series Title: Plenum series in social/clinical psychology.
Responsibility: Anita E. Kelly.
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