You are probably familiar with the phrase: THE TRUTH HURTS”?
But it is NOT the truth that hurts, it’s the HALF the truth that hurts!
If you need to tell someone the truth, remember to tell the WHOLE TRUTH, or you will unintentionally state inaccuracies and leave the listener feeling hopeless. You will, unintentionally, pass judgment by speaking only half the truth.
Example of a HALF truth spoken:
“Your relationships always end poorly, so don’t expect to have a happy marriage!”
The Listener is left with the idea of there being little chance of a successful marriage and feels hopeless☹
Example of a WHOLE truth spoken:
“Your relationships that have ended poorly can be due to a number of factors, and because you are expecting to have a happy marriage, its best to discover these factors.”
The Listener can acknowledge the quality of his/her past relationships and realize that there are factors to consider if the expectation of a happy marriage is to be achieved, and feels HOPE 🙂
So…. Tell the TRUTH…
THE WHOLE TRUTH!!!