We all have our secret shames. Guilty little skeletons in the closet that we would never dare to confess to even our closest friends. Well, not when sober, at least.

The great thing about the internet is its anonymity. Behind the protection of a screen, people can feel liberated to say things they never would in face-to-face conversation, and really say what they mean. Of course, it goes both ways and this can also lead to all kinds of bullying and abuse, but that's for another post.

This post is all about getting it off your chest and owning up to past wrongs. While confessing anonymously to randoms on the internet is hardly taking responsibility for one's actions, the very act of confession can alleviate feelings of guilt and help people to get on with their lives. From the hilariously trivial to the actually quite profound, these confessions will take you through a rollercoaster of emotions, and might even make you reflect on your own past transgressions.

So scroll down below to check out the sordid details for yourself, and let the therapy begin!

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MagicalUnicorn
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10 months ago

i always did it. and turned them away when i thought i'm doing something they wouldn't approve. just in case :D

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According to an article in Scientific American, any type of open and truthful disclosure reduces stress and helps individuals come to terms with their behavior. "It is not coincidental that some of the most powerful people or institutions in many cultures encourage people to confess their transgressions," they write. "And there is very strong evidence that writing about upsetting experiences or dark secrets can benefit your mental and physical well-being."

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Chicken Pox
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10 months ago

I would do the same. Smart move.

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Shawn
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10 months ago

Yeah I agree with this. I care more about animals than the majority of people.. humans suck for the most part.

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"First, simply putting emotional turmoil into words changes how we think about it. Giving concrete form to secret experiences can help categorize them in new ways. For instance, when we translate emotional experiences into words and stories, we start to think about them in a simpler, less menacing context. There is no solid evidence to explain this phenomenon, but it most likely occurs because talking or writing about a disturbing event helps us understand it better. And things we do not understand cause greater anxiety."

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Miklós Nagy
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10 months ago

Nothing to feel guilty about.

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RavenPuffPanda
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10 months ago

Thats me.

tuzdayschild
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10 months ago

Don't hide it. Talk to someone. People care about you.

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Chris Watson
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10 months ago

All of us that suffer from depression, do the same thing.

Steve Barnett
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10 months ago

yep, with you on that

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W. 5
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10 months ago

My doctor calls it "Smiling Depression".

Daria Z
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10 months ago

Same. I keep hoping I will fool myself too one day.

Débora Gualberto
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10 months ago

Can relate

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Christy Smith
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10 months ago

This is terrifying, I worked with a girl who was always 'super happy', she committed suicide 3 days before her wedding. I've been suicidal on & off for 20 years, but going through the pain of losing someone I very much liked has kept me from doing something stupid. Ppl don't really recoup from that pain that's left behind, and I hope you know how devastating your death would be for your family and friends OP. Please see a Dr. about maybe getting on a Rx to help with the symptoms and maybe therapy. Please.

Fumps
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10 months ago

I did that for most of my life, I took a risk and told my closest friends and they were amazing and offered their total support. Don't be afraid to be who you are, no one is perfect. Be proud of your faults, they make you human.

Octavia Hansen
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10 months ago

Maybe a life in the theatre is what you really seek. A new face, a different role. You could be the greatest actor there ever was . . .

反社会的
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10 months ago

Why are people downvoting this? It's actually a really interesting concept.

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Blue Cicada
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10 months ago

I always inform my doctors that my affect is very happy and bubbly and outgoing, but I am managing strong anxiety and a chronic, deep depression. Only those close to me really see it.

Carmen
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10 months ago

Thank you for sharing this, Blue.

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Debster
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10 months ago

I know that!!

Shawn
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10 months ago (edited)

Right! Sad high five well more of a low five.. wooo

Id row
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10 months ago

Robin Williams?

Dani
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10 months ago

This is actually just really sad :(

Richard Portman
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10 months ago

I like that song "I Second That Emotion". I think by Smokey Robinson.

LaMyrth
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10 months ago

I know that kind of people too.. I am -on the other hand- the most depressing person alive when depressed..

Bunzilla
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10 months ago

The issue for a lot of people with depression is that they know it's not going to just go away. So they don't want to feel like they're burdening their family and friends with their problem. I'm the same...

Hannah Marshall
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5 months ago

The struggle is real.

Aneese
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9 months ago

Depressed people make the best actors and actresses. We hide our true emotions and act new ones. So good at it, no one knows or even suspects deep inside we are nearly suicidal. Fake you out, buddy. I am not happy, I am not laid-back, I am not chill. I am not 'blessed with a great life". What I am is darkly sad, lonesome, anxious, suicidal, hopeless, dead inside. Give me that damn Oscar.

sharron lynn parsons
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9 months ago

Likely, many people do this !!!

Ayasophya Alturas
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9 months ago

me too

Lisa Pockat Bork
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10 months ago

That is incredibly sad :'(

Barbara Baldwin
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10 months ago

Robin Williams, is that you?

Valerie Anne
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10 months ago

Been there. Still sometimes come back to visit

Steve Cruz
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10 months ago

So has just about everyone in a bar at closing on a weeknight.

Sandra Mason
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10 months ago

somehow I find it easier to fake happy than show my depression.

First On - Ana Miranda
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10 months ago

Oh... But they would LOVE you the same way, or even more, if you told them or asked them for help. Trust me. That day maybe you could feel your smile at your heart.

j b milam
Community Member
10 months ago

i know. i can't tell you how i know, but if you find friends and you're honest about the depression, they will help you and support you. none of us can do everything by ourselves. reach out and you will find others suffer as you do and you can help each other.

Marnie
Community Member
10 months ago

It's super fun handling the "How was your weekend!" questions at work after your foster son, brother, mother, father, or best friend has just died. Or when your son's friend just killed himself. The last 10 years have been SUPER fun at work for me, let me tell you!

Kelly
Community Member
10 months ago

Same here.

Serethine Daselle
Community Member
10 months ago

So true. That's why whenever people thinks I have a problem, they think I am too brave to face it. But inside, I'm slowly breaking.

UndyingBisexual
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10 months ago

Me too. I turn it into a joke and laugh the symptoms away ^u^

Barbara Hiller
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10 months ago (edited)

same here, same there.' but beeing bubbly and funny and smiliing does not only hide it from people (mostly those who don't have no business in my private life like work mates) it also is an active way of coping. Dwelling in the gloom never helped me in anyway. Being sunny sunshine on the other hand has the inherent chance of lifting my spirit and getting me to see and apreciate good stuff, finding some hope. With psychotherapy and al lot of work on myself I learned to share my darkness, but only with professionals and really close friends. The problem of sharing your depression is: a) you get jugded b) the burden is too heavy for most people, so they try to cheer you up and if you don't , they are disappointed in you and leave you. c) sensitive people can be pulled down by my darkness and I don't want anyone else to suffer because of me. d) nobody can really help, not friends, not lovers, not professionals. I am working on my mental health since over 30 years and no therapist, social worker or whatever could ever do something that helped. Of course, sharing via telling the burden is a little relief, but besides that, just nope. My last therapist just kind of shrugged his shoulders when I asked what to do about the severe anxiety and panic attacs I was having daily and nightly over months. I just had to endure them. So: in the end, there is no good in sharing your depressed self. You maybe feel a little relief about not keeping it secret, but besides, it is the same helplessness. So, I rather engage in things and behaviours that make me feel good, like jokes, puns, a little bit of comedy, helping others, trying to cheer up, feeding the crows on my way to work, playing with my kitties a.s.o.

Zelda Blue
Community Member
10 months ago

I used to be this way. Now I wear that depression like an overcoat so people know that its real and will stop judging me when I am not Miss Mary Sunshine everyday.

Winston
Community Member
10 months ago

A skill is still a skill Ps chin up everyone. Excuse me while I cry

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
10 months ago

Same! Everyone thinks I've totally got my life together. I don't. Not even a little bit.

Laura Ave
Community Member
10 months ago

so me

Diane Patrick
Community Member
10 months ago

Keep hiding it. Don’t tell anyone. They don’t understand and will ridicule you and make you feel worse. I know. I have chronic major depression.

Tiffany Marie
Community Member
10 months ago

I tell people straight out how I'm feeling. Hiding things makes me feel worse.

RavenPuffPanda
Community Member
10 months ago

I am the exact oppisite of you. if nobody knows about me being sad nobody rushes up to me and says " Are you alright?! Who did this to you?" But its my loved ones who did it to me. And I don't want them to get in trouble. So I just cry, and come out of my room, a happy person with lots of secrets.

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ゾーイドレーガー
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10 months ago

same..

debrina blackmoon
Community Member
10 months ago (edited)

i'm not very good at hiding it, plus i have generalized anxiety. dear husband and his parents all want me locked up

misteriosa
Community Member
10 months ago

So true.

NanZ
Community Member
10 months ago

My family and friends think the same thing about me. They have no idea how I really feel inside.

Colin Leetham
Community Member
10 months ago

Same. Only my partner and maybe 3 friends will ever know.

Unicornstar
Community Member
10 months ago

That's me too. I spend all my time wishing I was dead. Whenever I hear of someone who's just died all I can think of Is I wish that was me.

pilipe
Community Member
10 months ago

I do the same. Each morning I hope I will be in an accident and die. But that never hapens :(

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Patrick McKemie
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10 months ago

I'm so good, my doctor mistakes it for hypomania!

Ellie
Community Member
10 months ago

I feel the same way... and since my childhood friends who know the depressive person I am are no longer my friends. No one truly knows what a sad and depressed person I am inside.

反社会的
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10 months ago

If you need to talk or vent, feel free to email me ♥︎

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Midnight Dream
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10 months ago

Sayori intensifies

反社会的
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10 months ago

i just wheezed

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"Dozens of studies have also shown that expressive writing is linked to less stress and improved sleep and cardiovascular function. We know that better sleep is associated with enhanced immune function and better general health—which correlate with better mental health, too."

"Expressive writing and religious confession are not panaceas, but these forms of release can help us get through difficult times. The beauty is that you do not have to be religious to benefit from confession. The underlying mechanisms are available to anyone for the price of a pencil and paper."

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Random Panda
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10 months ago (edited)

Same tbh. I especially hate it when they do this while hiking/camping. People go in the mountains for the quiet, if you want music blasting go to a club.

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Shawn
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10 months ago

Tell me about it.. My baby is dying right now from bone cancer. It hurts so bad and idk how I'm gonna get along after she's gone.

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So there you go. Got any guilty secrets you've been holding on to? Try writing about them, and allow yourself to properly express your emotions. It is clearly a great benefit to both your mental and physical health!

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varwenea
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10 months ago

Alone time is important. When I come back from a long business trip surrounded by colleagues and business associates, the first thing I ask of my hubby is some me time. I just need to recollect myself.

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Shawn
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10 months ago

I love my dog more than anyone else in this world

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ADHORTATOR
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10 months ago

sounds fun

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CookieActually
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10 months ago

Isn’t this everyone though??? 😂

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Shawn
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10 months ago

Aww!! Happens to me as well! Now more than ever.

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Neon Petra
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10 months ago

Mental health is important.

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ravina nimje
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10 months ago

I live in third world country and I still have more love and sympathy for animals lot more than humans.

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Hannah Bloomfield
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10 months ago

This breaks my heart

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Michelle Muirhead
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10 months ago

Karma

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A B C
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10 months ago

I know that problem from other subcultures and topics...

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Rogue
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10 months ago

Take the cat to a vet ASAP and have them check for the ID chip.

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ADHORTATOR
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10 months ago

normal

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Laura Thai
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10 months ago

my brothers gf got pregnant and lost it. I was secretly pleased cause they don't have their shit together and live in a trashy apt. with no ambition to make their life better. his gf is also not right in the head. I am glad they lost it cause it would have made mess out of their already messy life. however, I'm curious if it would have given him a reason to change.

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Miklós Nagy
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10 months ago

If you are his best friend I don't want to know who is his worst enemy. But probably his mom.

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Marika
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10 months ago

if you are feminist then you know you can do whatever you want

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Luis Milian
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10 months ago

I tried the vegetarian life...don't have the discipline for it. lasted one week only.

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Neon Petra
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10 months ago

I'm really sorry but this made me laugh.

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Demi Zwaan
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10 months ago

It's sad that this is seen as a shameful thing. It's perfectly normal to feel ánd show emotions, for both men and women!

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R L
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10 months ago

Maybe get your diet checked out if they are that bad.

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Shawn
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10 months ago

I'm stealing this idea!

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Chris Watson
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10 months ago

Then stop lying!! Tell people you're ready to date. Watch what happens!

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Kobitka-artworks Tumblr
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10 months ago

teach me how, please

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R L
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10 months ago

Comforting- not the end of the world and unless it effects emotional growth, I don't see it as an issue.

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