Which Would You Prefer: A bitter truth or a sweet lie?

by Lulu G. Canlas, MARCH 2021

According to the American Psychological Association, everyone shades the truth sometimes, whether it’s telling a friend that color really does look good on her or making up an excuse as to why you were late for dinner at your in-laws. “We are always deciding what we are going to say and what we may conceal from others,” says Barry Farber, PhD, a professor in the clinical psychology program at Columbia University’s Teachers College and the editor of the Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session

On the other hand, have we wondered what others would want to really hear? We asked MPT South employees. Ninety-one percent said they would want to hear the bitter truth with the following reasons:

  1. Move Forward. Knowing the truth gives us the assurance and freedom to move on and find solutions.
  2. Grow Stronger. Knowing the truth allows us to understand the situation – what is wrong or lacking. Eventually, allowing us to make room for improvements which will make us stronger as a person and in our relationships.
  3. Integrity. Maintain the value that is important to you.



About the writer:

Lulu G. Canlas. A kindhearted individual who helps others express their feelings, shake off their burden through the power of writing and expressing their thought.



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