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Erin Prysiazny

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Is it best to give your honest opinion all the time?

Do you think you should always share your true feelings with others? For example, if a friend were to say something you totally disagree with, but they're not asking your opinion, should you say something?

I'm having trouble deciding what the right thing to do is. On one hand, no one ever asked your opinion. But on the other, you will have to respond to what they're saying, so why not say what you think?


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  • Jun 29 2012: My experience has taught me that often giving an honest opinion tends to worsen a situation, rather than rectify something. It results in more tears being shed and unhappiness. We often do need to take a person's emotions into consideration. The ' I am not rude, just honest' attitude can be very hurtful at certain points and completely shatter them.

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