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Why do we keep secrets? To whom do we tell our secrets? What happens when we reveal a secret? These are only some of the questions that psychologists have begun to investigate on the topic of secrecy. The current state of the science suggests that secrecy has a negative psychological impact – but can nevertheless be positive; that confiding secrets hurts other people – but can also help them; and that revealing a secret can have bad outcomes – but also good ones.

Join as we explore these apparent contradictions in research on secrecy and a new psychology of secrecy is revealed.

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Katharine (Katie) Greenaway is a Lecturer and Research Fellow in social psychology at the University of Melbourne (katharinegreenaway.com). Katie completed her PhD at the University of Queensland before being awarded a fellowship with the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. She is currently funded by a Discovery Early Career Research Award granted by the Australian Research Council to outstanding early career scholars. Katie’s research aims to understand how people form social connections, and what benefits these connections have for people’s well-being and social lives. For this work, Katie has received multiple awards for early career research excellence and has attracted $1.8 million in grant funding.

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