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16 Secrets You Shouldn’t Keep From Your Partner (Even Though Most People Do)

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It’s not necessarily uncommon to keep secrets from your partner. In fact, a 2014 Slater & Gordon study conducted in the UK found that 20% of people were keeping a major secret from their spouse, while 12% of those said they’d gone to great lengths to keep that secret, well, a *secret*. But just because many people don’t tell their partners the truth doesn’t mean that it’s okay. That same study highlighted how keeping secrets could cause major and immediate relationship problems.

There are so many different kinds of secrets to keep, and people report many reasons for keeping something private, such as a feeling of shame or fear of disapproval. Still, studies show that honesty really is the best policy, so maybe there’s something to this idea of coming clean. Of course, being completely honest might be challenging. You might be embarrassed to tell your darkest secret and afraid of what your partner will think of you. On the other hand, it might be freeing and could lead you and your partner to a happier relationship. These are the 16 secrets you really shouldn’t keep from your partner… even though most people do.

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