Occult secrets cause stress
While occultists think secrets, and keeping silent are a good thing, they could be making themselves sick.
New research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psych said that holding onto secrets is too much like hard work and requires constant effort and deceit.
For the first time, researchers have looked at how secret-keeping impacts your overall health, and the results aren’t good.
The researchers found that it was wasn’t the secret-keeping itself that proved to impinge on people’s health, but rather, thinking about them.
On an index of 0-100 covering all aspects of overall health and wellbeing, those who pondered their secrets less than once a week had a health index of 66/100, while those whose secrets plagued them everyday only reached 49/100.
Thinking about secrets can encourage chronic surges of stress hormones such as cortisol, which lead to everything from stomach/bowel problems and high blood pressure to a weak immune system, memory loss, problems sleeping and the disruption of one’s metabolism.
Spiking cortisol levels can also be linked to osteoporosis and loss of collagen in the skin, which causes wrinkles.
The study was conducted by Dr Gopal Chopra, a neurosurgeon and academic at Duke University in the US, has studied secret-keeping intensively.
“To manage a mismatch between reality and the world around you requires the additional use of the prefrontal cortex and amygdala. When your brain is working at cross-purposes, the conflict creates stress.”
Secret-keeping also affects your ability to undertake other tasks in life, according to research by Columbia University’s Dr Michael Slepian.
In one of his studies, people that had concealed a romantic affair from their partner found everyday tasks (like carrying the shopping or walking the dog) more of a burden.
Gay participants who were in the closet were less productive with an everyday task than those who didn’t keep their sexuality a secret.
All this flies in the face of occult groups which are supposed to keep their membership and teaching as secret as possible. The study seems to suggest that the act of hiding your involvement in a group or system might make it harder for you to live the rest of your life.
The study found that secrets you keep for others can also cause similar problem. Stress could be removed by telling your secret to a loved one. Failing that writing your secrets down over a period of several days (then throwing them away) has been shown to dramatically reduce stress hormone levels and blood pressure.