Secretiveness (phrenology)

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Secretiveness is a phrenological faculty.


Secretiveness confers discretion and diplomacy, with reticence, with the urge to conceal and cover up. A strong Secretiveness stands for deceit, cheating, masking one's true disposition. A weak Secretiveness on the other hand stands for frankness, lack of reserve and self-control.


On the side of the head, between Destructiveness and Cautiousness.

Interaction with other faculties[edit]

  • Secretiveness + strong Acquisitiveness: desire to conceal motives, employ underhand methods, double dealing and trickery in business.
  • Secretiveness + weak Conscientiousness: lying and deliberate deceit