I believe sincerity is honesty in intent, motive and emotion
Sincerity is expressing your (honest) feelings or opinion on a given subject.
So often we hear "canned" responses that we pay little attention to them. One example after a tragedy strikes; "Our hearts go out to the family" or "I know there are no words that can be said that will truly comfort you in this moment."
The fact is those statements may actually be "sincere" it's just that they have been publicly overused so much that they don't really register with the listener.
Sincerity means it has to actually sound like the words and phrases came from you. Otherwise you may as well simply present them with a Hallmark greeting card.
Pretentiousness is the opposite of sincerity in my opinion.
It never ceases to amaze me how someone can be so calculated in their responses, yet so uncaring at the same time.
Our actions speak louder than words. Someone who is sincere will back it up with what they do, not just talk about something with empty words.
I have a huge extended family. 100+ people. When I was hospitalized with paralysis, and then couldn't walk for several months afterward, a total of about 5 people actually cared. One brought a couple of casseroles and meals. One came to visit once. I got one get well card. My grandfather, sick with cancer, was the only one that consistently helped us. He was a tremendous help with the children as well as helping my husband with things I could no longer do.
It was shameful and sad to me because I have plenty of relatives, right next door, that didn't even glance in my direction as they drove by. Never once offering to help. Yet, posting on FB questions about how I'm doing. And I don't even use FB. That's pretentious and insincere. (And then, becoming upset because after I could walk again, I didn't send a gift to a shower.)
We can know "SINCERITY," by the actions that follow the "words. "I love you, " "I want to help you, " "I'm sorry," and/or any number of a multitude of verbal communications, are merely empty words and lip service, without the behavior, actions and effort put forth by the person who speaks them. These are the displays of SINCERITY.
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