There's a Twitter account (that can now also be found on Facebook) which offers people the chance to anonymously reveal their secrets, and with 535K followers, it has become a viral online sensation.

Titled Fesshole, the account is the brainchild of Rob Manuel. Those of you that are well-versed in internet culture might know him from creating 'B3ta', a meme design website that famously sued Coca-Cola after they ripped off one of its viral animations for a TV ad.

Anyway, the "sins" on Fesshole range from the clumsily awkward (messing up a handshake) to the hilariously outrageous (hiring someone because they share your love for pro-wrestling), and, I guess, their popularity shows that in the age of social detachment, a little gossip can go a long way.

Continue scrolling to check out Fesshole's latest content, and don't miss out on the chat we had about secrets with Dr. Michael Slepian, the Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Associate Professor of Leadership and Ethics at Columbia Business School, spread out in between the pictures.

However, if you go through the entire thing and your curiosity wants more, fire up our earlier publication on Fesshole.

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

I see nothing wrong with this at all. They wouldn't take care of her give her to someone that can and will

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Vepřík Boubelatý
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1 month ago

Hehe, nice one!

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To begin with, Dr. Slepian said when we keep a secret, we often mean to protect something. "Perhaps we believe that it protects our reputation, or our relationship with someone. And yet, our secrets tend to harm our well-being, and can harm our relationships too," the author of The Secret Life of Secrets: How Our Inner Worlds Shape Well-Being, Relationships, and Who We Are told Bored Panda.

"When we choose to be alone with something, especially something important, we tend not to develop the healthiest way of thinking about it. It often takes another person to get the help that we need. Even a short conversation with a trusted person can offer so much. Emotional support and fresh perspectives can easily be offered by your confidant, but are hard to find on your own. This is why we often want to bring others in. We know that another person can prove helpful, and that having a conversation about the secret would be a healthy thing to do. To have a secret from everyone is to be alone with that thing, and we don't like to be alone. Your desire for help and social connection is in battle with your fear of how others will respond. When we let fear win, we hold the secret tight."

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Ranger Kanootsen
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1 month ago

This is not a sin, it's really considerate!! :)

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April Caron
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1 month ago (edited)

I had a 6 year old foster kid who was obsessed with wanting glasses like her older sister. Alas, she didn’t need them. :/ While her older sister walked around trying on various frames for her new glasses, she was trying to be supportive. I couldn’t bare to see her disappointed, so I told her to pick out whatever frames she also wanted. She was over-the-moon elated! We bought her “glasses” as-is without a prescription… just a clear lens. They were a hideous pink cat eye style. She wore them EVERYWHERE! And anytime she would get complimented on them, she’d tally up those compliments, “See? Another compliment!” It was ridiculously cute! :)

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James Morris
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1 month ago

I always want to ask Alexa to end the simulation {like the Matrix} but don't. I'm afraid if it does life might be worst then it is.

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With Edy Moulton-Tetlock, a doctoral student in management studying organizational behavior, Dr. Slepian asked more than 800 online participants to describe their personal secrets, using his list of 38 common categories of secrets as their guide.

The participants described more than 10,000 secrets, including both those they had shared with someone ("confided secrets") and the ones they had kept all to themselves ("total secrets").

The data revealed that confiding a secret predicted improved well-being. That's because the participant received social support and because the act of revealing the secret seemed to minimize the amount of time the person spent thinking about it.

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

You little demon. 😇

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Awwww

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 month ago

I hope the dog gets to see a therapist after all that.

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

😂😂😂😂

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Dr. Slepian's research suggests that someone who is more secretive tends to be less extraverted and less emotionally stable, but more conscientious.

However, we also need to be aware of what it means to be "unloaded" on.

"When another person confides in us, this can be a boon but also a burden. When someone trusts us to the point of revealing a secret, we understand this is an act of intimacy, and often feel closer to the person as a result."

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Awwww so sweet

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Berry Budgie
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1 month ago

Hopefully happily married

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 month ago

This is just funny lol

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Caro Caro
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1 month ago (edited)

This one made me laugh waaaay to loud. Brilliant.

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And yet, Dr. Slepian explained that if the secret is something we find troubling or surprising, we might find our thoughts returning to it again and again.

"The secret can weigh on our mind. And if the secret implicates someone you know, then you'll have to keep the secret from them, which will bring its own burden," he added.

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

That is so sweet

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MiriPanda
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1 month ago

That is hilarious!

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Cowws
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1 month ago

we sing happy birthday to my brother most times we eat out

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Good

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While Dr. Slepian thinks it's possible for people to live like an open book, sharing everything with the world, he wouldn't advise it.

"There is a class of secrets that most everyone agrees is okay to keep. People often call these 'white lies,'" he clarified. "If you are just arriving at the party, and your friend asks you how their outfit looks, but it is too late to change, then most people agree that saying something positive is the kinder response ('You look great!'). If the truth needlessly hurts someone's feelings, holding back is often the more compassionate choice."

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Sian Waldron
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1 month ago

That's smart

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Aroha
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1 month ago

Cute idea, I'll do the same! *remembers that she has never been asked out* Oh... 😐

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Paul C.
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1 month ago

The company I worked for supplied free vend coffee machines. I put fake price stickers on the machines. It went ballistic. HR had to put out an Email assuring everyone it was somebodies idea of a joke. I think I got away with it.

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Hey that is nice of you

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There's no exact formula that tells Rob Manuel which submissions he needs to feature on Fesshole. His choices are based on simply going through the list and reading them. Everything depends on his judgment of what he thinks is funny or interesting. So if you send Rob something and it doesn't appear on the account, don't sweat it. There are other online "priests" you can share your secrets with. Like the subreddit r/confessions.

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Well it worked lol

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April Caron
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1 month ago

This is why I have a Furbo camera… so I can talk to my animals. My cat is too smart! When he wants my attention… he triggers the camera, so I’ll check on him and have a little chat with him. :)

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Paul C.
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1 month ago

My brother-in-law, who is a right know it all, fitted his fridge freezer into his kitchen work tops. For years my sister-in-law complained nothing was ever cold and the freezer took an eternity to do basic freezing......he'd left the Styrofoam encasing the whole of the back.

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

This kinda cute not gonna lie

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Urbangirlatl
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1 month ago

Sh*t or dirt, just wipe it up and toss it out. No need to sniff!

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Vepřík Boubelatý
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1 month ago

:D This is very old bus drivers joke.

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Antonia
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1 month ago

well done

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Awwww

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Whatever works.

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wv10014
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1 month ago

Beautiful. Will try to do this too going forward.

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Vepřík Boubelatý
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1 month ago

I like your way to keep your beloved a***ole healthy :D

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loona
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1 month ago

This could really backfire at home.

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Nicola Mawson
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1 month ago

Sorry for your loss

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

At least you had a spare 🗝️

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Susie Elle
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1 month ago

I kinda get this

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James DUNBAR
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1 month ago

How did they react?

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Ferengi Rules of Relationships #376: He who cheats, leaves.

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Auntriarch
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1 month ago

I may start doing this

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Antonia
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1 month ago

considerate

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DennyS (denzoren)
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1 month ago

Fair enough.

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Jo Johannsen
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1 month ago

Insider trading?

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ben woskje
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1 month ago

that is fantastic.... new game is getting attempted tonight!

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Lol

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Well you told him. It on him should of listened sometimes that is what it takes and you can have a laugh about it

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Elizabeth Elliot
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1 month ago

Shame on you! Think of all the jobs you're stealing from people with REAL interpretive dance degrees! :)

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d bradley
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1 month ago

oh yeah, that's way less creepy

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Trisha Howson
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1 month ago

Don't see anything wrong with that

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Ranger Kanootsen
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1 month ago

Okay... but who the f**k steals ashes of all things??

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Paul C.
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1 month ago

Good thinking, can't have somebody with a different opinion than yourself can you? Sarcasm alert.

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