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“I’m honest.”

People keep telling me, “I’m an honest person; I tell it like it is.” From what I see, though, these honest people who pride themselves for being so straightforward rarely communicate anything useful or genuine. “Telling it like it is” so often unfolds as voicing judgmental observations about someone else.

What’s honesty without insight? I think with honesty comes vulnerability. Anyone can point out the flaws of another person; however, to reveal one’s own fear, anger, and sadness requires a level of self-awareness that can be terrifying to face, let alone share with another person. I don’t think you can call yourself honest until you can say something true and difficult about yourself.  After that, I’ll  believe anything you tell me.

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