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Private Lives and Psychology

“In a very deep sense, you don’t have a self unless you have a secret, and we all have moments throughout our lives when we feel we’re losing ourselves in our social group, or work or marriage, and it feels good to grab for a secret, or some subterfuge, to reassert our identity as somebody apart,” said Dr. Daniel M. Wegner, a professor of psychology at Harvard. He added, “And we are now learning that some people are better at doing this than others.”

It’s a fascinating 3 page article in the New York Times. It doesn’t use the word ‘privacy,’ but discussed the ability to act with diminished fear of social consequence.

“You’ve got nothing to hide? You must be awful boring!”

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