The truth doesn’t always set you free

Often, claiming to be direct or “telling it like it is” is really just an excuse for using language as a weapon. Think carefully about your intent in “telling the truth.” What are you trying to accomplish by offering feedback at this time and in this way? Will your words get you closer to or further away from that place? Think too about how the words you choose will impact the listener’s sense of self as well as your personal integrity and your relationship in the long term.

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