Confession hotline popular abroad.
I often get into conversation with strangers and somehow I seem to attract people who need to tell their most intimate thoughts and feelings. No one knows one's background and it can happen in the craziest places, and moments. It can be about unhappy marriages, extramarital relationships, loss of partner/loved ones and especially the many irritations in various areas. Also during my walks with my dog Kyra I am regularly held standing and then the stories come. Sometimes I don't like it and I make up an excuse to continue my journey through nature. But often enough I listen to the many stories!
Why do people tell their most intimate thoughts and feelings to strangers?
Why do people tell their most intimate thoughts and feelings to strangers and not to their partners or friends? The reason is not the trust they place in the stranger who listens to them, because they do not know or only very superficially. The reason is also not that the “strange” interlocutor is attributed some kind of professional objectivity or unbiased, as in psychologists and psychiatrists, because it also occurs among bartenders, taxi drivers, prostitutes, hairdressers, and sometimes among random strangers who do not exercise at all such a profession. One of the main reasons is supposedly the fact that we are talking to a stranger, free of reproaches or accusations. A person who tells transiting stranger his darkest secrets feels safe knowing that he will never see that person again. That science is liberating. Whatever you say in such a situation, it will never adversely affect an existing relationship. In addition, if that person is biased (for example, finds adultery absolutely unacceptable), it has no adverse and/or annoying consequences.
Confession - hotlines or confessional lines and the rapid rise.
The need for opportunities to express yourself in a safe and anonymous way is evidenced by the rapid rise of so-called 'confession' hotlines in the United States, England, Australia and now also large parts of Europe.. Confession hotlines are phone lines that people call to reveal their deepest secrets. Also, tandem phone numbers are often available to allow callers to listen to other people's confessions. In many cities, the confession lines are processed by thousands of confessions, which sometimes ten thousand or more people listen to. Before I write who are the founders of these confessionals, I first tell you why people “cognitive - cheating!
Suppression of secrets is harmful to health.
Scientific research into this phenomenon shows that actively hiding or displacing painful, angry, anxious or sad feelings and thoughts is very hard work and requires a lot of energy. In the long run, that hiding away can undermine physical health. Like other chronic stresses, permanent suppression of feelings and thoughts can affect the functioning of our immune system, of heart and blood vessels, and even chemical processes in our brain and our central nervous system. In short, too much inaction in expressing feelings and thoughts, and in doing certain things, can increase the risk of serious and less serious illnesses and disorders. It can also increase the severity of symptoms and complaints in people suffering from a particular disease. The opposite - is to express our most intimate thoughts and feelings in the short and longer term - and that has a health-improving effect, evidenced by many studies.
The hotlines where you can confess your sins!
Founded by Gideon Jacobs and Gregor Hochmuh from Brooklyn.
It's a combination of Post Secret and Chat Roulette, with a little bit of Catholicism on top of it. They came up with the idea at lunch. They had searched the deep dark corners of the Internet (like Yelp Reviews of Prisons, Craigslist-Tirades and Raves) while working on a project called Accidental Internet. As they read that and clicked around, they realized that a huge percentage of the UGC on the Internet is naturally confessional. Below you can read how they themselves think about the confessionals.