Hidden Truths: 22 Things Everyone Does But No One Wants to Admit

We all have habits and behaviors that we may hesitate to share with others. These are the things we do privately, away from prying eyes, when we believe nobody is watching and no one is passing judgment on us. A recent survey asked, “What does everyone do but won’t admit?” and here are the top 22 answers.

Re-playing Arguments

Re-playing Arguments
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“Yes! I always have (and win) an argument with a stranger from an encounter three years ago when I didn’t say anything at all at the time.”

“Definitely. This truth stings because I never seem to think of it at the time, so why three years later, brain? It’s extremely frustrating.”

Not Following Their Own Advice

Not Following Their Own Advice
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“I think it’s meant sincerely. Look back on your earlier life. There was a moment when a bad habit was instilled in you. Habits are difficult to change; they’re warning you to stop doing something that they regretted starting, like smoking or gambling.”

“Don’t make the same mistakes I did” isn’t hypocrisy; it’s hard-learned experience.”

Singing (Often Badly)

Singing (Often Badly)
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“When I’m alone, I will be hitting those high notes even though I sound like a dying walrus.”

“My morning voice in the shower; I can hit some good bass notes, even the occasional growl. But, after, my sinuses tighten up in the cold, and I lose all ability to sing.”

Wondering If Long-lost Acquaintances Still Think About You

Wondering If Long-lost Acquaintances Still Think About You
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“Probably so. I know I have. I’ve also caught up with people I haven’t seen in a decade or more who said they thought of me on occasion.”

“10 years is A LOT of time. If you have a constant inner monologue and are awake 12 hours a day, that’s 8.22 million unique thoughts (20 seconds per). You definitely have enough time to think about all the people you’ve known.”

Planning Future Conversations

Planning Future Conversations
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“I do this all the time, especially when I have long drives. I don’t create fantasy worlds, but I do imagine that I’m talking to another person, or an audience, about some topic.”

“If I’m mentally game-planning, I know I need to review my accountability; it usually indicates I’ve missed the mark and need to have an uncomfortable conversation.”

Judge Others

Judge Others
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“We all do it. It’s about being intelligent enough not to let that cloud our perspective.”

“Sometimes it’s okay (even good) to judge. Sometimes people are bad for you to be around, and that’s important to recognize. It’s only a bad thing if you’re overly so and/or do it for bad reasons, in my opinion.”

Pick Their Noses

Pick Their Noses
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“This came up before. One user’s dad apparently had a saying, “We all pick our noses… it’s what we do afterward that separates us.” Which is totally true.”

“I have caught so many people eating it after. It won’t surprise me if around 50% of people do. When you think about it, every time someone snorts, it’s the same thing, so it isn’t surprising people aren’t grossed out by it.”

Enjoy Pooping

pooping
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“I always take a huge dump and just sit there like, that was awesome.”

“I got mugged once, and they took my camera. The last picture that I ever took on it was a GLORIOUS poop that I was very proud of and couldn’t bear to leave undocumented. I wonder what the thief thought of that!?”

Pick Sides

Pick Sides
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“Even if they physically don’t, mentally, they always do.”

“There are different kinds of people; those who pick a side quickly and others who go by feel. Some try to get as much information as possible before deciding. But you’re still right; even the most indecisive people will eventually, subconsciously, pick a side.”

Not Going To The Doctor  

Not Going To The Doctor
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“I’m doing this right now. I think I have cancer and will die. I can’t face it.”

“I’ve seen too many Americans asking for medical advice or ignoring the issue because they can’t afford a doctor. “

“I don’t even look at my debt. I choose to eat today and die tomorrow.”

Think About Past Compliments

Think About Past Compliments
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“I had this super shaggy hair until I got frustrated with it and cut it. This girl in my social studies said, “I can see your face! It’s a very good thing.” It’s now twenty-five years later, and I’ve not grown my hair out since.”

“An old lady once told me I had straight, pretty teeth. I was 11, but I’ve been riding that high for, like, 20 years.”

Pretend they weren’t sleeping

Pretend they weren't sleeping
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“Especially when a phone call wakes them up during daytime naps!”

“My professor called me once while I was taking a nap. He told me to go down to the lab, and all I could think of was not sounding groggy. When I answered, the most horrible and raspy voice, I ever heard my vocal cords produce left my mouth.”

“I answer, pretend to be ill, then ask them to call back later when I’ll be magically better.”

Complain

Complain
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“True, no one likes a complainer, but everyone I’ve ever met complains about something.”

“People will complain about complaining and still not get this.”

“Sometimes you just need to vent, and sharing that with someone is therapeutic. It’s useless, but you bet I’m complaining about the cold.”

Have Very Loud Alone-time Flatulence

Have Very Loud Alone-time Flatulence
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“You all know the ones; they rattle the windows and scare the neighbor’s cat.”

“I did this on a farm once, and the cows started walking away from me.”

“I once farted so loudly that I scared my cat off the bed.”

Talk To Themselves

Talk To Themselves
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“I’m always agreeing with myself because I’m in great company.”

“Me, myself and I are always arguing, and no one seems to win.”

“I do this so much that I have to actually restrain myself, mentally, because I feel like my neighbors are going to hear and think I’m crazy.”

Click Tongs Together

Click Tongs Together
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“Literally, whenever I pick up a pair; how else will I know if they still tong?”

“You have to give them a couple of test clicks to make sure they still work.”

“Good one. A small act, but very satisfying.”

Secretly Wish Ill On Others

Secretly Wish Ill On Others
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“I hate my neighbor. I can’t wait for the day she moves her obnoxious self out of my building. And I hope she’ll be leaving in a coffin to prevent any possible return.”

“I wish I could throw some people into the sea during a cyclone.”

Snobbery

Snobbery
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“Everyone’s a connoisseur of something; wine, food, cleanliness, chainsaws… whatever.”

“If the bar on your Stihl isn’t 36 inches, don’t even talk to me.”

“I think it’s healthy to be annoying about one inconsequential thing. I’d rather release anger on the authenticity of YouTube carbonara recipes than Twitter politics.”

Tell Lies

Tell Lies
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“Everyone lies everyday’ way more than people will be truthful about, even when they admit they are liars.”

“I never believe myself when I tell myself lies because I know I’m a liar, so I don’t believe myself when I tell myself that lying to myself is wrong.”

“The most common person someone lies to is themselves.”

Bad-mouth Others

Bad-mouth Others
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“I made a point of reducing that habit to a bare minimum; either I praise people behind their back, or I hold my tongue. It feels better, it prevents social problems, and it has improved my friendships. Generally, a huge life improvement.”

“This is true, but we shouldn’t. Always speak about someone as if they were standing next to you and listening to what you were saying about them.”

Re-live Past Mistakes

Re-live Past Mistakes
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“I lay awake at night remembering everything I’ve done wrong in my life in 30 seconds, and then think about each mistake individually until I have to get up. So fun.”

“I feel like the number of people who upvoted this just goes to show how many people probably don’t want to admit this.”

Play With Water

Play With Water
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“You cup your hands over your chest in the shower and let them fill with water. Then, you let the water drop all at once. I am a grown man, but it’s still fun!”

“Haven’t done this in years. I’ll be right back.”

“You must do the water bending too when it runs down your arm and fingertips.”

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