Speaking the truth to someone can feel scary. But it’s important if we want to enjoy happy relationships – and want to maintain good core values. So why is it so hard to tell the truth sometimes? Read on for 7 reasons why!
You know what’s funny? People can easily see all the stupid things other people do—but you have trouble seeing your own stupid errors.
Despite the fact that your error is right smack in front of your nose.
Or even smack on your cheek.
If you have a smear of ink on your cheek, you won’t be able to see it yourself.
You will know only when an honest friend tells you.
Personally, I want to be alerted if I’m walking around too inky or cheeky.
If honesty really is the best policy for a happy, intimacy-filled life, then why do people sometimes find themselves avoiding telling the truth to someone?
By not sharing what’s going on deep down, you build surface-level relationships that can be lonely and unsatisfying.
Whenever someone chooses not to speak the truth, it’s because there’s some hidden perks to remaining mum.
The irony is obvious:
Without honesty and its incumbent vulnerability, you will never create true closeness and warmth.
You might tell yourself you’re being “more loving” by not talking openly. But in truth, your blocking love from flowing between you and the other person.
On some level you know that by not giving the other person the opportunity to know and correct his or her misbehavior, you get to maintain your lesser view of that person.
And you’d rather be right than make the relationship be right.
And/or you’d rather keep that person in the dark, so you can shine brighter.
You recognize that by not sharing, you don’t have to change – and the situation doesn’t have to change. Woo hoo! You prefer to cling to the status quo and your learned comfort zone.
You derive some emotional safety benefits from remaining separate and lonely.
Basically, you worry people will look down on what you have to say, so you don’t speak up.
Did you grow up in a family where people avoided conflict – and/or kept secrets, “stonewalled,” and basically did not speak openly?
Well… if so, then there’s a good change you not only inherited your mom’s nose and your daddy’s hair – you also inherited their “limited communication skills.”
Don’t worry. You have the power to disinherit this quality. I share some tools in this article.
You get to keep on secretly beating yourself up about how bad a person you are for having this misbehavior. Some part of you likes to self-sabotage your happiness. I write about this more in an article here.
With all the above in mind, I want to encourage you to start regularly sharing more gut-honest conversations with people—and thereby increase your daily intimacy and happiness.
Hi I’m Karen Salmansohn, founder of NotSalmon. My mission is to offer you easy-to-understand insights and tools to empower you to bloom into your happiest, highest potential self. I use playful analogies, feisty humor, and stylish graphics to distill big ideas – going as far back as ancient wisdom from Aristotle, Buddhism and Darwin to the latest research studies from Cognitive Therapy, Neuro Linquistic Programming, Neuroscience, Positive Psychology, Quantum Physics, Nutritional Studies – and then some.
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