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Lifestyle Update | Being honest can reward you with heartfelt conversation

Latest lifestyle update: Honesty can reward you with heartfelt conversation.

Written by: India TV Lifestyle Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 21, 2018 8:07 IST ]

Lifestyle Update | Being honest can regard you with heartfelt conversation

We all have learned this proverb once in our life that, honesty is the best policy. But we all just learned it, who implements that in real life? No one and we shouldn't. Because of course, honesty can reward us with bitter life experiences.

We tell lies each day; we tell a half-truth to avoid an awkward social situation or just to keep the peace. But did you ever pay attention to the positive part of being honest?

There are many people who value the moral principle of honesty. But at the same time, they frequently avoid being honest with people in their everyday lives.

According to a new research from the University Of Chicago Booth School Of Business explored the consequences of honesty in everyday life and determined that people can often afford to be more honest than they think.

In the paper, 'You Can Handle the Truth: Mispredicting the Consequences of Honest Communication', Chicago Booth Assistant Professor Emma Levine and Carnegie Mellon University's Taya Cohen find that people significantly overestimate the costs of honest conversations.

"We're often reluctant to have completely honest conversations with others," said Levine. "We think offering critical feedback or opening up about our secrets will be uncomfortable for both us and the people with whom we are talking."

The researchers concluded that such fears are often misguided. Honest conversations are far more enjoyable for communicators than they expect them to be, and the listeners of honest conversations react less negatively than expected.

For purposes of the study, the researchers defined honesty as "speaking in accordance with one's own beliefs, thoughts, and feelings." In a series of experiments, they predicted consequences of honesty in everyday life.

In one field experiment, participants were instructed to be completely honest with everyone in their lives for three days. In a laboratory experiment, participants had to be honest with a close relational partner while answering personal and potentially difficult discussion questions A third experiment instructed participants to honestly share negative feedback to a close relational partner.

Across all the experiments, individuals expected honesty to be less pleasant and less socially connecting than it actually is.

"Taken together, these findings suggest that individuals' avoidance of honesty may be a mistake," the researchers write. "By avoiding honesty, individuals miss out on opportunities that they appreciate in the long-run, and that they would want to repeat." The findings are present in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.

(With ANI Inputs)

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