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by Carey Taylor-Noble on April 5, 2013 · 6 comments


Secrets is a new column where I will comment on letters readers send in. The idea sprang from my work as a substance-abuse counselor and my involvement in the Narrative Medicine Program at Columbia Medical School. As a reader of Secrets you can experience insight through engaging in active listening to people who are struggling with decisions they have made in their life. Hearing others’ stories, their secrets, can inspire change in your life by offering solutions and coping strategies for you to consider. Researchers have found a correlation between withholding secrets and health’ stress is one of the biggest side effects. Many psychologists support the theory of secrets-as-enemy school of thought. It became clear to me, as a counselor, that releasing secrets was often a turning point in a person’s journey to wellness. The commentary I will offer in the Secrets column is meant to be nonjudgmental, empathetic, and occasionally humorous. We encourage you to send in your anonymous, non-traceable secret.



Carey Taylor Noble has a background in community health and substance-abuse counseling, and a degree in psychology with a concentration in behavioral science. She has attended Columbia Medical School’s Narrative Medicine Program and is a freelance writer and producer living in upstate New York.


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anonymous April 14, 2013 at 2:07 pm

Hey! I think your column would work better if you didn’t offer feedback and left the secrets to stand on their own. They don’t need any qualifiers.

Anonymous April 16, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Kind of like what that guy Frank Warren does … but for a newspaper

Anonymous May 1, 2013 at 7:24 am

I think it’s a great column, can’t wait to read it next time

Chris May 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

I really enjoy the column, and particularly like the concept of a forum where people can communicate deeply personal stories and get a thoughtful response to them. It’s a refreshing change from the typical Dear Abby advice column. Keep up the good work!

Bobbie May 9, 2013 at 3:51 pm

Just wanted to say what a great idea this is! Most of us are too ashamed or embarrassed to talk about our secrets. We carry it around for years like an albatross on our backs. Here is a safe place for one to anonymously post their secret and get positive and compassionate feedback. I would venture to say that it be very healing to unload this weight. Ms. Taylor-Noble’s responses are non-threatening and compassionate.

Elizabeth Mei Wong June 26, 2013 at 10:59 am

Dear Carey Taylor Noble,
I found your web site and have forgetten why I am here.

Please remind me.
Thank you.