Are you a friend or a mere acquaintance?
When I worked as an intern at Norwest Bank (now Wells Fargo) right after I got my MBA degree, two of my colleagues of different ethnicities approached me. The ethnic Korean girl introduced herself to me when we first met in the elevator. The ethnic Russian girl introduced herself to me while I was rotating to the department where she was also working as an intern at the time. Both of them opened up to me right away, spilling details of their private lives to me. How much did they know me? The Korean girl told me about her previous occupation and wanted me to keep a secret as she deemed it to be unprofessional. How could she tell secrets to someone she barely knew and asked that person to keep a secret? I didn’t tell anyone of course because it was really none of my business. Maybe, underneath her outgoing personality lay a lonely soul. She later phased out of my life when she left the company after staying acquainted with me for about three months.