By studying the cultures of secrecy, I found that secrecy is a unique aspect of humanity, and one that certainly has broadened my own perspective on cross-cultural interactions. I no longer feel as though secrecy is a detrimental aspect of humanity, but rather an important part of determining and forging an identity in the world. So while I have seen that cultures of secrecy are not clearly defined, I have found that secrecy is elemental to humanity. If you want to learn more about this study, check out this link: Cultures of Secrecy.
 Gardiner, Phillip. Secret Societies: Gardiner's Forbidden Knowledge : Revelations About the Freemasons, Templars, Illuminati, Nazis, and the Serpent Cults. Career Press: Franklin Lakes, NJ, 2007. 14.