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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2 years 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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2 years ago

I would do the same. Smart move.

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Shawn
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Nothing to feel guilty about.

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RavenPuffPanda
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2 years ago

Thats me.

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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
Community Member
2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years 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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2 years ago

I love my dog more than anyone else in this world

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ADHORTATOR
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2 years ago

sounds fun

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CookieActually
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2 years ago

Isn’t this everyone though??? 😂

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Shawn
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Neon Petra
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2 years ago

Mental health is important.

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ravina nimje
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2 years 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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2 years ago

This breaks my heart

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Michelle Muirhead
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2 years ago

Karma

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A B C
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2 years ago

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

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Rogue
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2 years 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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2 years ago

normal

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Laura Thai
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2 years 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.

Vex Boxx
Community Member
2 years ago

It's funny how sometimes the Universe goes "Whoa, my bad! Lemme fix this real quick."

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Stille20
Community Member
2 years ago

Feelings are not wrong, just so long as you support her and DON'T TELL HER THAT.

Octavia Hansen
Community Member
2 years ago

You can only live the life you have . . . having a feeling about something is not like committing a crime. She'll life her life. You can have your own feelings. Not everyone else's news will make you happy or be your concern. Comfort who you can and you don't have to confess everything you feel to the world.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

She wasn’t happy “she got her life back on track.” She was devastated. Why would you be happy about something that devastated your friend? Makes me think you don’t really care about her feelings.

Krishna Vishwas
Community Member
2 years ago

May b it's right for her. Having kid so early is never been good. Kids are gift of god.. i agree but being a kid who is having a kid is never been a right choice.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

I don’t know that she wanted to get pregnant. Just says she had a miscarriage and was sad about it. That doesn’t mean that it was intentional.

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Ieva Nura
Community Member
2 years ago

Your being pleased or sad has no importance.

Steve Cruz
Community Member
2 years ago

Does she have kids now?

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
2 years ago

I know what its like to be an unwanted baby, hearing of all the great things my friends did as Children brings it home.

Ximena Aldana
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm glad too

Kaitlin Sumner
Community Member
2 years ago

No shame in that at all. Having a kid at a young age is difficult. It just wasn't meant to be yet for her!

Id row
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2 years ago

I agree. so-you-rui...25649f.jpg so-you-ruined-your-life-pregnancy-5d6aeac25649f.jpg

Kathy Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago

Way too young, or living a messed up life, I agree it’s for the best. However, having had two miscarriages after growing up and getting married, I still feel for them and their loss, no matter what’s going on in their life. Hopefully it snapped them back into reality, and they’re going down a much better path now. For a 17 year old, it’s not the end of their chances to have children. For me at 41 and 42, it was.

Nia Loves Art
Community Member
2 years ago

I don’t think anyone can say that another person’s miscarriage was for the best. That’s only for the person who was pregnant to decide.

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Miyuki Nohara
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2 years ago

I dont know women that lose unborn babies tend to get pregnant again to mitigate their pain.

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Miklós Nagy
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2 years 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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2 years ago

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

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Luis Milian
Community Member
2 years 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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2 years ago

I'm really sorry but this made me laugh.

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
2 years 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
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Shawn
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm stealing this idea!

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Chris Watson
Community Member
2 years 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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2 years ago

teach me how, please

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R L
Community Member
2 years 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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