No really, why are we always internally pushed to reveal secrets in conversation?
You think ahead of time that you should be silent about an issue.
And a few days later, words are falling out of your mouth that you never intended.
Just last week I caught myself about to do this very thing.
If it had been a discussion about which shade of blue I preferred, I doubt I would have cared. But as soon as it had an air of confidentiality to it, I was ready to spill the beans.
I think it’s a lashing out of our ego, if I had to guess.
It’s a small way we can put ourselves in the center of the conversation with something that only we know.
What foolish mind games we play with ourselves.
Understand: Ego Is The Enemy
It is difficult to stop the impulse to reveal secrets in conversation, as if information had the desire to live and the power to multiply.
-Nassim Taleb, The Bed Of Procrustes