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An Authentic Life: Diplomatic Honesty

In this series I often speak of being diplomatically honest. What I mean by this is being honest but remembering to word what I say in such a way that it doesn’t cause anyone to be hurt or offended.


Here are some examples of diplomatic honesty in action:


Q:           Do I look fat in this?

A:            I think you have outfits that better show off your shape


Q:           Was I in the wrong to shout at Nicola for insulting me?

A:            I can understand why you were upset but I think when you shouted at her it did hurt her feelings


Q:           Do you think she is being horrible?


This is a trick question! Authentic people tend to not get involved with gossip because they act the same no matter who they are with – a good answer would be:


A:            I think if she is upsetting you that you should talk to her and tell her how you feel


Are you diplomatically honest? Do you sometimes find it hard to be honest without hurting anyone’s feelings? Please share your thoughts in the comments below to gain encouragement, support and insight from our community, we’d love to hear from you.

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