People Reveal What They're Ashamed To Admit They Like

We've all got guilty pleasures: trashy romance novels, watching an entire series of Doctor Who in one sitting (definitely NOT how I spent last Saturday) or maybe you just can't get enough of Kenny G.

These are all perfectly acceptable uses of our time, and they're not harmful to anyone, but there's this feeling of guilt for enjoying them anyway.

Reddit user Countvonsengir asked:

What are you ashamed to admit that you like?

Gotta Get Those Tingles

ASMR, specifically the categories that are for those that lack intimacy or positive reinforcement. I'm the one people look up to in my social life, people come to me for a shoulder to cry on or comfort. They'd all find it ironic that their source of affection lacks affection.


Same. I'm so paranoid about people thinking I'm weird, or not 'getting it' because they can't feel it, that my ASMR habit gets treated pretty much like my porn habit - no-one must know.

Worse, actually, because at least my wife knows that I occasionally visit pornhub.


Yeah I made the mistake of telling people (I mean, close friends) in the early days of ASMR because I'm painfully innocent and thought they'd enjoy this new relaxing Internet thing. Since then it's just been 'how's your creepy youtube porn fetish today?'. No one thought it was good and nice. Everyone thought it was creepy as hell. I guess they don't get the tingles.


Born This Way


As a metalhead, I'm always ashamed to admit I love Lady Gaga. She's so talented and the way she controls her voice and gives it authority is really awing. At the same time this leads to other artists I'm ashamed of saying I'm a fan of but Lady Gaga is def the biggest.


Not Just For Angsty Teens

My Chemical Romance has some genuinely good songs.


I've never seen a genre get harder stereotypes than that kind of emo / hard rock style of bands like MCR, Escape the Fate, etc.

You like hard as f**k gangster rap? Oh yeah no problem everyone does. You like old country westerns? Hey that's neat you're so vintage and worldly! The latest EDM banger your new thing? That's cool you're just a respectable adult that likes electronica.

But you like one My Chemical Romance song? Wow you're clearly an edgy goth guy with high school angst.


Also, ain't nothing wrong with being an edgy goth guy with high school angst.


Lovely Spam! Wonderful Spam!




Like the meat or like mail?


They like Spam sending them spam mail.


They like Spam sending them spam mail about Spam products.


Is this a Monty Python sketch or what?


Power Walk

The sound of high heels.

Hate feet, hate heels, but the sound is just comforting and rhythmic that I like.


Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys

Being subordinate. As someone who's held management positions in every job I've had from the bottom to the top of the food chain, there's nothing I'm more ashamed of loving more than being told what to do.


I agree. There is something mentally freeing not having to worry about whether other people are doing their jobs. Just show up, do as you're told, go home. I love not being responsible for Kevin's mistakes.


Fire Hazard

About once a week I go to my local laundromat and peel off the lint from their dryers.


If you didn't know already, that stuff is great for starting campfires. So there. Your weird hobby/fetish now has a practical use.


Games Are Fun

Welp, I'm a grown a** man who for some reason keeps on logging back in to get his butt kicked by 12 year olds on Fortnite. So there's that.


I gotta keep my mouth shut about all the Fortnite references I see out in public. Can't let people know this 32yr old man is playing Fortnite.


Brain Candy

Very trashy romance books. The ability read them in sometimes less than one sitting is perfect for calming my brain.


I call it brain candy.


I have a Kindle Unlimited subscription soley for trashy romance novels. There are so many amazing/terrible ones available "for free" with KU.


Sometimes All You Want Is Predictability

"Fast food pizza," i.e. Domino's, Pizza Hut, etc.

It's by no means great. But there are so many inconsistent-to-subpar New York-style pizzerias in my area (which is far from New York), and they all have the same recurring problems: greasy cheese, crust that's too tough or too thin (ultra-thin crust that isn't crispy is pretty gross), and occasionally a scorched pie from being baked in an oven that wasn't cleaned properly.

Wood-fired oven pizzerias are becoming more popular, but I'm not a huge fan of the almost-burnt crust.

There's one place near me that does Chicago-style pizza, but it's both relatively pricey and feels more like I'm eating a casserole than a pizza. Good, but I can't be eating anything that rich all the time.

So if I'm very tired, not feeling very adventurous, and just really craving pizza, I'll usually order up from some chain joint. It's not glamorous and it's not the pinnacle of dining, but it's consistent.


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What is the strongest opinion you once held but no longer hold, and what make you change your mind?

Jade-Colored Glasses

I used to think that being cynical/negative was realistic and somehow smarter than being positive. I've since realized that a "be prepared for the worst but expect the best" is far better. We can't control the outcome of anything in life. Being negative makes you miserable rather than protected from bad things happening.


Cant' Have A Conversation With A Parrot

I used to be a conspiracy theorist. Believed that 9/11 was committed by the US government and that we never landed on the moon.

Once I started looking outside of the echo chamber I was in and started looking at alternate explanations, theories and listening to different viewpoints I soon realized how ridiculous those notions were.


A Big, Mysterious Universe

I used to be a strict, hardline atheist. I was the kind of bastard that would bring the subject up for no reason, just to argue. I don't know what the hell my problem was. Now I feel like, the universe is big, I don't know what all might be out there, I don't really care. I live as if there is no afterlife, because that makes sense to me. But if you don't, and you believe in one, that's perfectly fine, and maybe you're right. Who knows?


Portrait Of An Artist As A Young Man

I used to believe anyone can be a successful artist if they just put the time and effort into it. There is no such thing as talent, only hard work.

What changed my mind: Art school. There were quite a few people that tried hard, but just weren't able to achieve professional level art.


You're Not Your Emotions

For the longest time, I thought my emotions were in a sense the most "real" part of me. I was always a very emotional person and I didn't make a real effort to control it as I thought it was a good thing, that I was just being honest with myself. Over time though, I started to become very depressed and the negative emotions just keep adding on and on. I thought "this is just how I am I guess". Unfortunately it started hurting other relationships I had, and everything changed when my girlfriend broke up with me. After a lot of reading I found that emotions are not who we are at all. They're just reactions and there's nothing that requires us to act on them or feed them. I'm learning to let it go through me instead of hanging on like I used to.


Don't Forget Big Willie Style

I used to think that hip hop was bland, repetitive, and all about clubbing and sh*t. Then one of my friends pointed me towards people like Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Nas and Run The Jewels, who all have great songs and clever lyrics, and I realized that Hip Hop is pretty great.


The A**holes Will Always Find A Way

I used to think that the catholic church was responsible for all of the hateful people in it. I gave people the chance to challenge my opinion and someone explained it very nicely to me. Basically, the hateful people use the church as an excuse, if you remove the church they will gladly find another excuse.


High Times


I used to tell myself that I would never stop smoking weed, and that I'd be happy if my kids grew up to be pot smokers... Now I have a kid, don't smoke, and realize what an idiot I was when all I did was smoke all day. I could probably be in a much better position if I hadn't smoked all through college.

But I mean, I still think pot's okay... Just in moderation.


The Road Less Traveled

"All taxation is theft, man! I made my money without any help from public institutions or the infrastructure they support, I should be able to keep every last dime of it!"

Naturally that was when I was 18, living at home rent free, and working at Pizza Hut as a delivery driver who relied upon public roads for pretty much every cent I made.


All Those PSA's Didn't Do Much

The whole D.A.R.E anti-drugs. Yes crack and heroin is bad, but they over dramatized what happens when you do smaller drugs. Weed isn't even a gateway drug, alcohol is more of a gateway drug. When I saw weed for the first time I thought it was tobacco (This was after all the D.A.R.E training too). Letting the government teach you your morales and philosophy is a thing that sheep do. Don't be a sheep.


Where Would We Be Without The Kindness Of Strangers

I used to think people on welfare and state assistance just weren't trying hard enough. I grew up spoiled and entitled and it seemed like any kind of charity was a stigma.

Then, my husband became chronically ill, and the economy took a shit. My family has been close to homelessness more than once, and have relied on state insurance and assistance off and on throughout the past few years. There are definitely people out there who abuse the system, but some just get stuck in a horrible cycle of poverty.

I also work in a school that has a high number low income and refugee families. It has really opened my eyes to the struggles that some people face.


He's Still There For You, The Best He Can Be

I could go through life and could seek meaningful advice from my Dad who has always been there for me.

Now he has been reduced to a feeble condition, I am starting to understand I'm out there on my own, and even what he's sure of is suspect given his mental and physical facilities have been rapidly deteriorating in his late seventies. I feel horrible that I have noticed this long before he did - or at least admitted as much.


Clear Your Mind

This was before I received an ADHD diagnosis. When my doctor referred me to an ADHD specialist, first of all I refused to believe him and was kind of slighted that he even suggested that I could possibly have ADHD.

I had a very strong opinion that if I get a diagnosis that I would refuse to take prescribed amphetamines because they are "bad" and "addictive" and that they would ruin my life.

Then I actually tried the prescription and it was like magic.


Going Through The Whole Spectrum

Used to be fairly open with my views on immigration policy. Then I worked for a while down near Corpus Christie doing immigration work. I'd say one out if every hundred people that came through our office was going to somebody who actually wanted to work and try to make a living here. So many people simply wanted to exist enough to get welfare. Many were young men who we would later defend against exportation as a result of their criminal activity. I began to despise the work of defending these men and wished they would be deported.

Now, I'm dating a foreign girl and we are in the legal immigration process. She has advanced degrees and skills, so that makes things a little easier. But it does make me resent people who just bypass the system. We can't bypass the system because I imagine my participation in immigration fraud could get me disbarred.


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