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updated 11/9/2007 6:44:01 PM ET 2007-11-09T23:44:01

Everyone has secrets — but how do you know whether the hidden things in your life are negatively affecting your relationships? Keeping a secret is hard work, and “coming out” with the truth can actually bring you great relief and build more intimacy and trust between you and the ones you love. Take this quiz to see if you are keeping unhealthy secrets.

Dr. Gail Saltz is a psychiatrist with New York Presbyterian Hospital and a regular contributor to TODAY. Her latest book is “Anatomy of a Secret Life: The Psychology of Living a Lie.” She is also the author of “Amazing You! Getting Smart About Your Private Parts,” which helps parents deal with preschoolers’ questions about sex and reproduction. Her first book, “Becoming Real: Overcoming the Stories We Tell Ourselves That Hold Us Back,” was published in 2004 by Riverhead Books. It is now available in a paperback version. For more information, you can visit her Web site, www.drgailsaltz.com.

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