How To Tell the Truth?
you tell the truth, it is often wise to consider what you hope to accomplish by doing so.
Are you trying to hurt someone or make your relationship stronger.
And it helps to keep in mind, that both telling the truth AND using deception are important in a close relationship.
Whether we like to admit it or not, both are required to make a close relationship work.
But, if you ultimately decide to tell the truth, what is the best way to do it?
Telling the truth is difficult because it typically involves telling a spouse something that he or she does NOT want
What are some practical things you can do to make telling
the truth easier?
Setting – Do it in private and when your partner or spouse has time to cope with the information. For instance,
pick a time when your spouse or partner can reach out to others for support. Do not disclose unpleasant information in the
middle of the night or when your spouse is on their way to work. Put yourself in your spouse’s or partner’s shoes;
if you had to, when would you want to be on the receiving end of unpleasant information?
Prepare Your Spouse or Partner – Right before you disclose the information, tell your spouse
or partner that you have something which you need to talk about - that you need to disclose something which may be difficult
to hear. And it helps to ask a spouse or partner to listen and react calmly to what you have to say.
Be Descriptive – When disclosing information, try to be descriptive
rather than evaluative. In other words, describe what you have done or
what may have happened without blaming your spouse or partner. Take responsibility for your actions. The truth is difficult
enough to hear without blaming a partner for the situation (even if he or she may be partially responsible).
Expect the Worst – Imagine the worst case scenario and prepare
for it. Will your spouse or partner need time away from you? Or will they want to ask you a lot of questions? What do you
think his or her response will be?
Resist the Urge
to Defend Yourself or Fight Back – The truth can be very painful to hear. And when people are hurt or in pain
they often lash out at or attack the person they believe to be responsible their feelings. Typically, the best way to deal
with such a situation is to avoid fighting back. Rather, try listen to and acknowledge your partner’s feelings. And
it helps to resist the urge offer explanations or excuses (even if they are asked for). Generally speaking, when people are
hurt or in pain they need to feel understood before they are willing to entertain excuses or explanations for what
may have happened.