Radically Honest Confessions: What a Month of Constantly Telling the Truth Taught Me

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Radically Honest Confessions: What a Month of Constantly Telling the Truth Taught Me

Illustration: Shruti Yatam

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few months ago, I found myself muttering self-directed curses while attempting to write an email to an editor I’d spent roughly seven years nursing a giant secret crush on. I had to tell him about my embarrassing infatuation, and in that moment, I wish I’d turn into Sita and be swallowed by the earth.

Why did I have to tell him? Because in my (long) assembly line of stupid, impulsive decisions, I’d committed myself to 30 days of absolute truth-telling. Or “Radical Honesty”, as Brad Blanton, the US-based psychotherapist who came up with the idea, labels it. In 1996, Blanton published the book Radical Honesty: How To Transform Your Life By Telling The Truth. In the book, Blanton proposes the idea that the path to authentic, meaningful relationships is by eliminating all lies from our interactions. According to Blanton, getting rid of the lies that swirl in our brain frees it from anxiety and depression. Lies are the primary source of human stress, he theorises.

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