Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.
For some living with a chronic condition, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's easier not to share your unvarnished truth, especially when it doesn't hurt anyone else.
Have you ever found yourself saying any of the following?
1. "No, no. I'm not hot."
2. "I'm not scared/nervous/anxious/unsure."
3. "I'm fine. Really."
4. "Don't worry. I'm used to this."
5. "No, I'm not uncomfortable."
Here are some conversations from the community about this topic:
"I've had family problems as well, which I can't do right for doing wrong. One day they'll ask me why I did what I did and they will listen to me."
"My son asks me every day "so what did you get up to today?" l make things up to make him happy when really l sit here just so l don't sweat so much."
"Our culture still won't accept men with exposed feet in many “professional” environments. I decided I'll dress up sandals and disclose this medical condition, advocate for myself."
Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?
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