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What is the equivalent word for a person who doesn't want to communicate to share any of his/her secrets, life's stories or personal information?

Need some words related to the above described description...

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This person would be called private.

"Private" is used to describe not only information, but also people who don't share personal information freely.

There are a variety of expressions to describe someone who does not wish to disclose other types of information, such as "secretive," "tight-lipped," and "discreet." However, "private" seems the best for the situation you've described.

Two other possible candidates are unforthcoming and guarded.

From Oxford Dictionaries online:

private

1.3 (Of a person) choosing not to reveal their thoughts and feelings to others: he was a very private man

unforthcoming

1 (Of a person) not willing to divulge information: the sergeant seemed unforthcoming, so he enquired at the gate

guarded

Cautious and having possible reservations: he has given a guarded welcome to the idea

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    Thank you for your answer... How about reticent? What does it meant and will it suit my description? – cuSK Nov 17 '14 at 21:25
  • Yes, "reticent" is a good word as well. We could certainly add that to the list, although I feel it's used a bit more generally to describe a person who is typically quiet. – Rusty Tuba Nov 17 '14 at 21:27
  • Oh my..! I think I've made my actual question wrong. I want to know person who doesn't want to communicate his feelings and thoughts... Can you say some other words with this meaning? Please. – cuSK Nov 17 '14 at 21:30
  • Please don't remove/erase the current answer... It's a vocabulary of words I've been looking for a long time... – cuSK Nov 17 '14 at 21:32
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    I think "private" still applies, as per the definition. It doesn't show a general disinclination to speaking or conversing, as some of the adjectives indicating shyness do, but rather a disinclination to share personal feelings and information. – Rusty Tuba Nov 17 '14 at 21:40
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We might call this person reserved:

formal or self-restrained in manner and relationship; avoiding familiarity or intimacy with others: a quiet, reserved man.

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We often call such a person a very private person.

One very private person was Josephine Tey.

  • I'm looking for a single word... – cuSK Nov 17 '14 at 21:19
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That person might be closed or guarded.

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An adjective is secretive ( person):

  • Having or marked by an inclination to secrecy; not open, forthright, or frank.

also , according to context, an introvert :

  • a shy person; a person concerned primarily with inner thoughts and feelings rather than with the physical or social environment.
  • I'd never use introvert for this. That's sure only to offend introverts. – curiousdannii Nov 17 '14 at 22:56
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    @curiousdannii No, it doesn't, believe me. – Andrew Leach Nov 17 '14 at 23:28
  • @AndrewLeach well it might not offend everyone, but I do get really annoyed when people misunderstand what introversion is. It has absolutely nothing to do with shyness, and shyness has absolutely nothing to do with being guarded! – curiousdannii Nov 17 '14 at 23:29

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