I know, you're keeping a secret right now. In fact, you can probably count up to a dozen pieces of personal information that you do not want to share with other people.

Maybe you committed a petty crime and got away with it. Maybe you had a regrettable one-night stand. Or maybe it's not that extreme. For example, some people hide their political and religious views, especially when they believe no one else will agree with them. Some do not reveal their finances too, whether they have a lot more or a lot less than others think.

But as the professor of psychology at Georgia Gwinnett College, David Ludden, Ph.D., points out, secrets can be psychologically damaging because the secret-holder has no opportunity to discuss their contents with other people. When we have problems, it helps to share them with someone who can provide us with insight on how to deal with them. But when it comes to secrets that are highly immoral, we feel shame and are reluctant to share them. (Often for good reason, as well.)

To get the burden off their back, many turn to churches and bars, priests and bartenders. But there's another place that might do the trick. A social media project, called Fesshole. With hundreds of thousands of followers, it offers everyone who wants to confess a Google form to keep their anonymity and many, many sets of ears, so they know their confession is heard. It might not bring you salvation, but if there's a chance for peace of mind, why not take it?

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We got in contact with the person behind Fesshole, Rob, and he told Bored Panda, "It came about after chatting to my mate Chris and he was moaning about the old internet and how you could post a complaint about your job or your life on a web forum, and nothing went viral and the only people who read was internet nerds. You didn't get sacked."

Now, the situation is quite different. If you vent online about your crazy boss, chances are it might go viral enough for your story to reach them as well.

Anyway, Rob and Chris continued with their conversation, and they "got to talk about how semi-anonymity through obscurity was a good thing in many ways."

"So I thought I'd make a place where it's free for Chris to moan and even if it did go viral, it wasn't going to ruin his job or his life because his name is not on," the man running the project explained its origins.

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Rhea.S🤍
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I thought i was the only one who held memories of people by their scents😄treasure that special bond,you can never be too old for your parents❤

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Rob keeps a record of how many people submit their confessions and it's about 150-180 per week.

He doesn't overthink the process of which ones to feature on the account. "[My choices are] based on scrolling down the list and reading and picking out the ones that I think will work. Funny or interesting really," he said. "Or my judgment of what I think the world will find funny or interesting."

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

It is, and more employers should follow your example.

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Kaa
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why not? :) Drinks, darts and friendship are ageless

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When you look at it, Rob's content selection method is kinda meta. "I think scrolling down whilst picking echos how people read Twitter, just hunting for that interesting bit," he pointed out. "So this is Twitter where I've pre-chewed the meat."

But with so many submissions, running the account requires a fair share of time and effort. "I'm in and out of the spreadsheet (whilst doing other stuff too) all day and every day. That means I've read over 3 million words (3,178,532) simply picking the confessions."

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Autumnal whispers
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Just tell her, she will love that you create beautiful items for the baby.

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Buren
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Genuine attention is the one dedicated to the smallest details and not bragging about it.

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Rob said his followers engage with stories that revolve around workplace stuff, sex, and schadenfreude, but mostly they seek reading about the human condition.

"So much online is now stuck in a terrible culture war and trying to push you this way and that way, but Fesshole is (I hope) slightly outside this and saying there is another world we can exist in, even if it is just for 5 minutes, one where we just laugh about what it is to be alive. Or feel a bit guilty about laughing," he explained, adding that all Bored Panda readers are welcome to follow the account.

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Walking On Sunshine
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You didn't leave him behind. He's right there. On your shoulder. I see him.

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Dave van Es
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

If they do end up married, and they have a girl, will the name be Mary?

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Xatia L
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I’m 40 and I don’t think there’s anything in the world I would dread more than waking up 18 again.

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Lovin' Life
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Memories are forever! Sorry for your loss. Glad you can still laugh at the conversations.

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Izzy Curer
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Old lady here. Could someone please explain the fancy whodads and the whirlybits like I'm your granny? I don't understand. Thanks in advance.

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Everything is relative. We're all poor suckers for Jeff Bezos and the likes, we're all incredibly rich to fugitives who had to leave everything behind.

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Rijkærd
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ha! That aged well ?.... badly? Depends how you look at it.

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Ssss
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He knows and I'm sure he's pleased you've grown to enjoy the things he did.

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Halo183
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I can't get emotional, I can't get emotional, I can't get emoti- MOOOOOOOOOOOTHER

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nini
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They may act like they feel indifferent, but they'll still love you and care for you 🥰

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Katie Lutesinger
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The grown-up equivalent of grabbing onto "mummy's" leg or trolley and looking up to realise it's not her.

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Walking On Sunshine
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Margaret is happy her cards are displayed~she's happy they make you happy.

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The spider is popping up so now and then on purpose just to see you again :D

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Clare C
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Amazon should use that in the advert, I always want one just so I can shout at the people that park over my drive!

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Donkey boi
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I only noticed the difference between Irish, Scotch & American whiskeys, but never between brands. The real quality is only noticeable if it's aged over 21 years, that's when you can tell the difference!

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WilvanderHeijden
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Could have been worse, could have stripped to bare skin because they always sleep in the nude.

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I I
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

going to be funny watching the youtube videos of him trashing it one day

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Izzy Curer
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah they do. You see your parents and grandparents helping each other out in odd, gross ways your whole life. Sometimes you're the one helping out, or it's your aunt checking a mole on grandpa's shoulder at the Christmas gathering. Because, you know, you care about them because they're family and they're human beings. I sense that this guy is more about cracking a joke at his wife's expense here, posting it online, and it makes me wonder what he thought women were supposed to be like when he was 20.

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Ssss
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This feels horribly toxic and damaging to the person being cancelled on.

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Donkey boi
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I gave CPR to a lady that collapsed while on my way to work. Once the paramedics turned up I got back in my car and went to work. The local papers were calling out for the "hero" to come forward and even had a blurry picture from someone's phone. As much as I would love the attention, I couldn't be bothered with the hassle so decided not to own-up. Not one of my friends or family recognised me when I showed them the article and don't believe it was me.

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Scagsy
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

With a username like that, he's practically 'outed' himself anyway.

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Robert T
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Poor girl was probably on auto-pilot. It used to be store policy in ASDA that if anyone asked where something was, you couldn't just tell them, you were supposed to take them to it.

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Caro Caro
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This one is so nuts and funny, I'm still laughing.

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Izzy Curer
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1 year ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is common in some cultures, since it leaves all the germs you've tracked onto your shoes during the day at the door. It's actually really smart. Why be bothered by something that doesn't affect you in any way?

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Walking On Sunshine
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1 year ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Sorry, not your fault. Don't make a wedding cake look like a cheeseboard.

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