8 Things You Should Keep to Yourself

8 Things You Should Keep to Yourself

8 Things You Should Keep to Yourself

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While building connections is essential, maintaining boundaries around certain aspects of our lives is equally important. 

7 May 2024

By Ishika Kumar

In a world where oversharing has become the norm and an accidental fiasco people fall prey to way too often, it’s extremely crucial to remember that not everything needs to be shared. While building connections is essential, maintaining boundaries around certain aspects of our lives is equally important. Here are eight things you should never share with anyone, curated to protect your privacy, security and overall social well-being.


Let’s start with the basics: passwords. It might seem like common sense, but many still fall into the trap of sharing their passwords or PINs with others, either out of situational instances or haste or intentionally. But whether it’s out of convenience or trust, divulging this information puts your security at high risk. No matter how close someone is to you, safeguard your passwords like prized possessions.

Personal Problems

While seeking support during tough times is natural, not everyone needs to be privy to your personal problems. Unless confiding in someone who can genuinely offer support and guidance, refrain from airing your grievances to the world. Protect your emotional well-being by discerning who truly deserves access to your vulnerabilities or else, the problems just get amplified and announced to the world, exposing you to further vulnerabilities and risk of getting hurt or taken advantage of.

Good Deeds

Acts of kindness lose their essence when flaunted. Bragging about your altruistic deeds taints their purity, overshadowing the genuine intent behind them. Let your actions speak louder than words and preserve the sincerity of your gestures of goodwill by allowing them to speak for themselves, or it is deemed to have been done because you wanted the world to know it.

Others’ Secrets

When entrusted with someone else’s secrets, it is something that has been confided to you with the utmost respect. Sharing these confidences with others breaches trust and fosters betrayal. Uphold the integrity of your relationships by safeguarding the secrets entrusted to you, thereby nurturing an environment of trust and reliability. People might not confide in you if they believe you spill their beans by oversharing and telling secrets which aren’t yours to tell in the first place.


Your financial status is not fodder for casual conversation. Whether it’s success or setbacks, keep your financial matters close to your chest. Share such information only with trusted individuals or financial professionals when necessary, safeguarding yourself against envy and unnecessary scrutiny. You may face unnecessary and unprecedented judgement for being privy to Gen-Z slang: TMI or Too Much Information.

Dreams and Aspirations

Protect the sanctity of your dreams and aspirations by being selective about whom you share them with. Not everyone will champion your aspirations; some may project their fears and insecurities onto your ambitions, sowing seeds of doubt and roadblocks along your path to go further. Nurture your dreams in a supportive environment that fosters encouragement, positivity and motivation. Not everyone can understand.

Spiritual Beliefs

Spirituality is deeply and profoundly personal and subjective. Share your beliefs only with those who demonstrate openness and respect or express similar beliefs. Engaging with closed-minded individuals who question your choices, affiliations and beliefs risks conflict and disrespect, potentially tarnishing the sacredness of your spiritual journey as well as making you sad or hurt.

Relationship Issues

When faced with relationship challenges, discretion is key. Discussing intimate issues with the wrong audience can escalate gossip and negativity, exacerbating the situation. Seek counsel from trusted confidants or professionals capable of offering constructive advice, preserving the sanctity of your relationship. 

Third-parties often inflate the situation and worsen the bond by creating more confusion and problems. Communication between the people sharing the relationship is more integral than inviting other people, who may or may not wish you well, to come and help resolve the issues at hand.

In conclusion, while transparency and connection are vital aspects of human interaction, exercising discretion in what we share safeguards our privacy, emotional well-being and relationships. 

Some things are best kept within the confines of our hearts, ensuring they retain their purity and significance. So, the next time you’re tempted to share, remember that some treasures are meant to be cherished in silence, as they keep the peace intact.