Can you handle the truth?
Though we all value honestly in our lives, many times, we find ourselves avoiding being honest with people in our everyday lives. We’re often reluctant to have completely honest conversations with others thinking that offering critical feedback or opening up about our secrets will be uncomfortable for both the parties.
Well, new research explores the consequences of honesty in everyday life and determines that people can often afford to be more honest than they think.
Researchers have found that such fears are often misguided. Honest conversations are far more enjoyable when it comes to communication than we expect them to be, and listeners of honest conversations react less negatively than expected.
So let’s explore why we find it so hard to be honest, and work towards having healthier conversations in our lives.
Why does it often take courage to face the truth?
The truth comes will all kinds of discomfort, disappointment, and responsibility which we would rather like to avoid. It can sometimes be difficult to sink in. It can be challenging, and it means that it could be time to pull our heads out of the sand, and do something to help ourselves.
What are some of the truths we resist facing?
Here are some of the truths that the people must muster the courage to face:
– While we did not entirely create our problems, we are responsible for dealing with them.
– Holding onto grievances doesn’t do anybody any good.
– The future is is not predetermined; we can do better.
– We make mistakes, hurt other people, have aggressive, selfish, greedy impulses.
Now, if you have trouble accepting some of these as truths, feel free to take them with a grain of salt or throw them out altogether. But instead, we suggest you stop and think why you might want to dismiss them. Perhaps what we’re saying is worth considering. Maybe it takes courage to face some of these truths about life. And maybe your life would be different—even better—if you could.