Three in five people have a secret that they dread others finding out, a survey has revealed.
researchers found the average person has at least one secret that they have been carrying for 15 years or more. Millions of us have a skeleton in our closet, ranging from affairs or relationships through to secret children or even marriages. Other secrets include shoplifting as a child or getting caught drunk-driving at some point in the past.
The study showed people typically have two secrets hidden away – including an Internet history they are not proud of, debt, sexual turn-ons and phobias they have never shared.
Respondents said the person they most dread unearthing one of the skeletons in their closet is their partner, though a quarter believed their other half would support them if they did find out. Keeping a big secret from mum was also very common. Other secrets included hidden tattoos, poor exam grades and having to pretend to like someone.
Some 70 per cent of respondents said they keep the secret out of shame or embarrassment.
The poll was carried out for the release of film The Woman in Black: Angel of Death. The film rotates around characters trying to keep their secrets hidden. Character Harry Burnstow (played by Jeremy Irvine) is hiding the fa