Superficial friendliness or rude honesty?

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  1. Chaotic Chica profile image60
    Chaotic Chicaposted 12 years ago

    In the mother of all ironies, I witnessed a fight break out over, get this, friendliness.  A tried and true confederate soldier descentant was arguing that Southerners were by far nicer and kinder than Yankees and a transplanted Yankee argued that Southerners WERE nicer to your face, quicker with a smile and a wave but didn't really mean it while the Yankees didn't believe in niceties and told you to your face how they felt about you, good or bad. 
    It got me to thinking about that.  Would I rather have somebody be nice to me with dishonest intentions or have sombody be honest with me but with an attitude? I'm curious to see what y'all think about this....

    1. Greek One profile image63
      Greek Oneposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      In the first instance you are describing ALL men in a bar,
      in the second instance you are describing most husbands

      1. Daniel Carter profile image66
        Daniel Carterposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You win. That response was one of your best, Homer.

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        RFoxposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        hahaha....nice answer!

        Honesty trumps it for me every time.

      3. Chaotic Chica profile image60
        Chaotic Chicaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Greek One that was great! I love that answer!

      4. ceciliabeltran profile image66
        ceciliabeltranposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You funny dude

    2. Traqqer profile image70
      Traqqerposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I'd obviously rather have the Yankee friend because he would be truthful, but would hope that the Yankee could more nicer on the outside and more often.

    3. Pcunix profile image91
      Pcunixposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      That has been my experience.

  2. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    that was a classic, Greek. ha.

    being a born and raised midwesterner, it is a combination of situational ethics. big_smile

    not necessarily being dishonest, but in some cases, there is a superficial friendliness when first meeting someone or in work situations.

    1. Chaotic Chica profile image60
      Chaotic Chicaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Of course there is, usually, when first meeting but this was more in referrence of an on-going, regular thing.
      Either way a mix is ideal, someone who will be friendly and warm but absolutely honest.  I don't want to have to wonder if the person being nice to me is really plotting some social trap to lure me into for public humiliation or if they really mean what they are saying.  It's a trust thing. I need to be able to trust your word and your actions and know that they are one in the same. That's just my opinion, though! smile

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        klarawieckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        I think one can't really speak in general terms. There are honest people and hypocrates everywhere. But either way, I think it's best to be balanced - you can't always say what you think because it would be rude. You can lose a lot of friends that way. Not everyone is ready to hear your opinion, and nobody (no matter how close a friend or relative) is entitled to shove their opinion down someone's throat. A good friend will understand that there are times when your advice might be helpful but other times when you need to learn your own experiences, no matter how painful.

        1. Chaotic Chica profile image60
          Chaotic Chicaposted 12 years agoin reply to this

          I would like to respectfully disagree with just a portion of this.  To a certain degree, I believe that this question can only be answered in the realm of general terms as there are far too many specific circumstances where keeping your opinion to yourself is best for everyone and other times where brutal honesty is necessary. 
          I was not meaning to give the impression that I was condoning shoving one's opinion on anybody, that's never a good way to be a friend.  What I was meaning was that I want my friends to be able to tell me if I have done somthing offensive or if they could see something I could not that potential hurt me either personally or professionally.  I don't want a 'friend' who always holds back and bites their toungue.  I also don't want a 'friend' who is pure attitude every day. That's what I meant by a healthy mix.
          Sometimes having somebody you love put that mirror in your face is the only way you will see what you need to see in order to be a better person, especially if what they see in you is a good person who deserves more that you realize.

  3. calpol25 profile image59
    calpol25posted 12 years ago

    Honesty is the best policy and attitude can some times be a good thing smile

  4. Cagsil profile image76
    Cagsilposted 12 years ago

    I prefer to be honest and say what is on my mind. If it comes across as rude or the person feels that they were insulted, then it wouldn't be of any surprise.

    Truth usually hurts, regardless of how nice you try to say it. At times, using truth in a rude way does have an impact, to make people stop and think. Not so much about the person who said, but what was actually said.

    Too many people use "political correct" speech to dull down the message of what they are saying. It is dishonest and in no way does it help the person. Lying to them intentionally isn't helpful and it displays your own character for others to see.

    The best policy is to be truthful, regardless of consequences.

    1. calpol25 profile image59
      calpol25posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I agree cagsil I have always spoke my mind smile

    2. Chaotic Chica profile image60
      Chaotic Chicaposted 12 years agoin reply to this


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        klarawieckposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        You might be on to something here... maybe it's true and we (Southerners) are a bit more reserved about how we truly think. smile

        1. calpol25 profile image59
          calpol25posted 12 years agoin reply to this

          Possibly smile My upbringing was harsh mind if you lied you would get smacked for lying on top of what ever else you had done smile  big_smile

  5. darkside profile image70
    darksideposted 12 years ago

    "Tactful Honesty" goes a long way.

    Also, does one need to express their honesty ALL the time?

    If you don't like say, the dog of a friend, do you need to tell the dog owner that their pet is ugly?

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      klarawieckposted 12 years agoin reply to this


    2. Cagsil profile image76
      Cagsilposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      When asked a question- Truthfulness maintains character. So, Yes to your question. Express honesty ALL the time.

      "Tactful" honesty? Forces someone to think about their answer and brings into question their honesty, because answer was not immediate. wink

      1. darkside profile image70
        darksideposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        Perhaps when asked a question. But to blurt out ones honest tastes and opinions without being asked just marks the person as being rude.

    3. waynet profile image67
      waynetposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I once told someone their pet camel was ugly and the camel wouldn't come up to me anymore whenever I went round after that, I tried to apologize to the camel, but he had the hump!

    4. Mrvoodoo profile image58
      Mrvoodooposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      That depends, is there any chance that in your example 'dog' is a euphemism for 'wife'?

      Because that's never a good idea, no matter how honest you're being. smile

  6. Paradise7 profile image72
    Paradise7posted 12 years ago

    The main thing is, if you're thinking something fairly negative, you don't have to say it.  And it is always better not to say something that isn't true.  Silence can be so golden, especially when it comes to office politics OR trying to get along with your teenage kids.

    1. Lisa HW profile image61
      Lisa HWposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Not only that, but sometimes the negative thinking you're thinking is only your opinion anyway.  Maybe you don't like someone's new haircut, but maybe that person and a whole lot of other people think it looks great.  Sometimes people need to consider the possibility that their lousy opinion of someone else may be a problem THEY (the lousy-opinion holder) have (which is yet another good reason to be careful about how much "truth" you feel the need to blurt out).   smile   (This kind of scenario gets into the "who-died-and-left-you-judge-and-jury" kind of thing.  I've dealt with "judges-and-juries" all my life - maybe we all have - and it isn't fun or healthy to deal with people like that.)

  7. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    and there is a way to do that. my mom used to call it tact. no one enjoys being around rude people. I don't. I generally stop listening when someone is rude as I think there is a social aspect of life that is much more effective than being rude. to me, it shows a lack of class. there are enough mean people in the world, I don't want to be one of them. being honest doesn't mean lacking the ability to know what is proper and appropriate when dealing with people. smile

    1. Paradise7 profile image72
      Paradise7posted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yeah, I agree.  Just don't tell your 15-year old daughter exactly how unbecoming purple hair is.  Just don't tell your boss he/she should visit the gym and lay off the cookies. 

      I agree with rebekahELLE that we really shouldn't just rudely state our minds.  We should be aware of the situation and other people's feelings.

      That doesn't mean we should be dishonest.  If your daughter with the purple hair asks you, then, maybe--just say "I think your natural hair is such a lovely color that I don't like to see you change it."  Or something like that.  NOT --"Purple hair sucks...."

  8. Lisa HW profile image61
    Lisa HWposted 12 years ago

    Being "phony-nice" doesn't say much about a person's character and integrity.

    Not bothering to be nice at all says he doesn't respect the other person enough to even both worrying about how he makes that person feel.

    Neither of my the above, for me.  How about aiming to have integrity AND care about other people?  A lot of people manage to do both pretty well - and those who don't ought to have their head slapped.

    1. timorous profile image82
      timorousposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Yay Lisa.  You just described me. smile

  9. profile image0
    klarawieckposted 12 years ago

    I only give my opinion when it's requested. If not, I listen and I'm there for my friends when they hit rock bottom. I believe everyone needs to go through their own life lessons. We need to respect that and allow them to make their own mistakes.

  10. rebekahELLE profile image86
    rebekahELLEposted 12 years ago

    it doesn't force anything.
    it simply means someone thinks before they speak... hmm
    why would that imply dishonesty? 
    diplomacy, integrity, caring for the other person are all worthy attributes for human interaction.

    [omg, I have a 100. I have to go find that thread.]

  11. Shadesbreath profile image81
    Shadesbreathposted 12 years ago

    This is the question that's at the heart of diplomacy and rhetoric.

    The correct answer, in my opinion, is neither.  I would be unhappy with a rude a-hole just as much as I would be unhappy with PC liar who was going to stab me in the back.

    What I prefer is a person with the social grace and intelligence to have a reasonable conversation in which courtesy and a genuine desire for the pursuit of truth is the guiding principle. 

    Every one of us had the capacity to be one of the two in your binary here, but I think it's a false binary.  We as people should strive to be neither, but a balance in between.

    1. Lisa HW profile image61
      Lisa HWposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      shadesbreath,   ......but once in awhile,  the occasional (deserving) rudeness.  After all, what is life without the occasional, satisfying, rudeness episode....  Occasional rudeness does have its place too.   smile

  12. wychic profile image83
    wychicposted 12 years ago

    If those are my only choices, give me rude honesty. I've known far too many superficially friendly people in my life, many of whom I KNEW were superficially friendly, but just never imagined how badly they'd stab me in the back when they got a chance -- now I do. Now I truly appreciate the flaming a-hole who will just tell it to me like it is; I may not like it, I may not want to ever be around them again, but at least I know it right off the bat.

    What I tend to run into most is blunt honesty, which many can take for rudeness, especially when they don't like what the person is saying. My husband is one who will be perfectly honest with you, and will be as polite as he can about it without omitting the message, and only resorts to rudeness when need be...though of course many people think he's being rude long before then. Personally, I try to live by "If you can't say something nice..." but if someone pushes me I'll tell them exactly what I think.

  13. prettydarkhorse profile image57
    prettydarkhorseposted 12 years ago

    being tactful is good

  14. theirishobserver. profile image61
    theirishobserver.posted 12 years ago

    pretty - you are so tactful smile

    1. prettydarkhorse profile image57
      prettydarkhorseposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      Irish, how are you?

  15. Stimp profile image61
    Stimpposted 12 years ago

    I haven't read all the post so I'm sure someone touched on this.  I honest.  BUT I try to find a way to get my point across that is diplomatic.  If an argument ensues, the I simply say "hey, lets agree to disagree on this one...." and I move on.

  16. Bibowen profile image91
    Bibowenposted 12 years ago

    Fake courtesy is better than genuine rudeness, most of the time.

    1. sofs profile image73
      sofsposted 12 years agoin reply to this

      I like neither, i would like to strike a balance between being over courteous and plain rude. I just like people who are being themselves, but no one needs to be rude or insulting to be themselves.

      1. Bibowen profile image91
        Bibowenposted 12 years agoin reply to this

        It is never hypocritical to do the appropriate thing. We do things we don't want to do all the time, but they are right to do them. This is called discipline.

        When people are being rude, they are usually being themselves. Often, they've been caught off guard. The first thing is to acknowledge that we are doing it (it doesn't help to redefine it away) and then work on good social habits so that our initial responses to people are gracious. "Fake it till you make it."

        But, sometimes, rude behavior is called for; it might even be required. If someone is trying to compel you to do something that's immoral, illegal or unethical and they won't quit, you're best response is probably to bark in their face. They'll get the idea that there is no way you're going along.


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