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Relationships Secret Career Finance Image Credit: Women's Health Australia

Should You Keep A Secret?

When that skeleton in your closet can’t be ignored, do you come clean or try a Scandal-style cover-up? Experts reveal when to confess.

MONEY

THE SECRET:

You’ve racked up huge debts

FESS UP OR SHUT UP?

Tell your other half. “Once you’re in debt, it’s going to affect the future for both of you,” says Dr Gail Saltz, psychiatrist and author of The Power of Different.

DEAL WITH IT

The earlier you tell them, the better. “There’s no amount of debt that’s good to keep secret,” says Saltz. Tell your partner you want to earn back their trust and will make financial sacrifices to do so. Discuss possible causes openly, so they know that it wasn’t out of a disregard for them, but down to your own underlying issues. Explain that, with their support, you’re now ready to get the money situation sorted.

NEXT STEP

Transparency is a must, confirms Saltz. You’ll want to share bank statements as well as plans for catching up with repayments. Talk about any long-term financial and life goals, such as starting a family or buying a house, and how you can achieve them together. It’s a bit heavy for a Friday night, maybe, but ultimately well worth it.

WORK

THE SECRET:

You ruined a project

FESS UP OR SHUT UP?

Fess up, especially if your blunder might actually harm your company, says career expert Maxie McCoy. “If, for insta


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