Freud once said, “No mortal can keep a secret. If his lips are silent, he chatters with his fingertips. Betrayal oozes out of every pore.” I think old Sigmund might’ve been on to something. Although we may be desperate to keep our secrets, the harder we try to bury them, the more they’ll arise to the surface. We are neurologically compelled to confess. And that’s a good thing, because confession is good for the body. It’s good for the brain. Might even be good for the soul, if you believe in that sort of thing.
– Dr. Daniel Pierce, Perception (“Blindness”, Season 2)
I’ve never seen “Perception”. Never even heard about it until today, when I had to google that quote above for proper attribution. 😉 (It sounds interesting though–about a talented but eccentric neuropsychiatrist who is employed by the FBI to help in their crime scene investigations. Seems to me like House MD + The X-Files. Or CSI? IDK, but I’m biased towards The X-Files. 😉 And Dr. Pierce’s background in neuropsychiatry makes him kinda like the scientific Scully character.)
Anyway. My sister-in-law posted that quote on her FB wall, and that line about being “neurologically compelled to confess” just struck me. 😮
We’ve all got secrets, ranging from the mundanely embarrassing, to the darkest and most shameful ones. And somehow, we ought to unload ourselves of them, whether sharing with a trusted friend, or writing in a journal (or bloggging anonymously!). We are hard wired to do so. 😎