What's the point of anonymity?
April 24, 2008 3:39 PM Subscribe
Can extreme honesty improve the quality of a person's life?
posted by mpls2 to human relations (37 answers total) 26 users marked this as a favorite
For most of my life, I've been the kind of person who thinks very hard (almost strategically) about what to say about myself and others, for fear that I might say the "wrong" thing. I'm basically pretty choosy about how I express myself.
But the thinking and reading and observing that I've done makes me wonder if this self-censorship isn't doing a lot more harm than good. There's something tiring and ultimately stressful about crafting a persona for the world to see, and there's something really appealing about the idea of letting go completely—like, how much simpler life would be (although there are definitely times when lying is the best thing to do, I realize).
I'm interested in hearing your experiences with and thoughts about living an unfiltered life. Where are the limits as you see them? Is there a particular way to go about it? Has it ever cost you something dear?