"I'm very honest - brutally honest. I always look at things from their point of view as well as mine. And I know when to walk away."
― Indra Nooyi
― Indra Nooyi
There's a certain beauty in pain; the more excruciating the pain, the more you wrestle to emancipate yourself from it. It elicits a part of you that is strong-willed and stouthearted, and therein lies the beauty of the pain, for it draws out that light of you that was hidden under bushel.
But sometimes, the pain brought on by words can be way beyond our capacity to endure, and one may never be able to rise from its fatal blow. In case you are wondering where we are taking you, it's a treacherous path called 'brutal honesty'.
What works for one may totally wreck the other, so there's no solid theory that favors or opposes brutal honesty. However, like the way things in nature are supposed to be, honesty too comes with its pros and cons. So, if you are one of the active proponents of this cruel form of candor, then you should know both the positives and negatives of it.
Pros of brutal honesty
You are in a better position as you've courage to tell others where they are going wrong, and you also know when you are veering off from the reality.
You can suss out situations well for yourself, so when you know something is a plain soul-sapping activity, you are smart to not get yourself involved in it, even if that means not going out on a date with a dense but hot girl.
Cons of brutal honesty
Being recklessly honest with someone who has never been ripped apart by your honesty before will not deem it rewarding but outright insulting.
You are viewed as that incorrigible, badly-behaved child who says outright embarrassing and shocking things to people. So people naturally prefer maintaining a safe distance from you, since they don't fancy being on the receiving end of your brutal honesty.