Radical Honesty is a technique and self-improvement program developed by Dr. Brad Blanton. The program asserts that lying is the primary source of modern. 31 Jan The cover of Radical Honesty, by Brad Blanton. A review of Brad Blanton, Radical Honesty: How to Transform Your Life By Telling the Truth. Radical Honesty – by Brad Blanton. ISBN: Date read: How strongly I recommend it: 1/10 (See my list of + books, for more.).

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Loved it, even though the book is not perfect. I also think some people spend a lot of time thinking about what they should be doing rather than actually doing it.

The more hysterical we are, the further away from experience we wish to be. It does, however, have some similarities to A New Earth in that it asks you to be completely aware, especially of how certain emotions make you feel physically which has been very powerful for me. Having said thatI found his use of profanity forgivable and at times entertaining, as he used it to be radically honest.

In Yeats’ phrase, “the best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity. Brad Blanton, a psychotherapist and expert on stress management, explored the myths, superstitions and lies by which we all live. Back to hubby now.

In this way, they remain safe from their own sexuality. Luckily, not “there” either! To ask other readers blwnton about Radical Honestyplease sign up. This is the kind of thing that can make you lose your mind … and come to your senses.

We are against politeness as a substitute for the truth because that politeness kills. As we have been taught by the philosophical and spiritual sources of our culture for thousands of years, from Plato to Nietzsche, from the Bible to Emerson, the truth shall set you free. Sometimes, there is dishonesty in our demand for honesty.

Many of us are quite happy to tell the truth so long as it risks nothing, Blanton says, and this prevents us from relating to people as living and responsive beings, rather than as our fixed ideas about them, which is to say as a type of inanimate object.


In medieval philosophy the radical humour was inherent in all animals and was believed to be necessary to the animal’s vitality. Most of us never make it beyond adolescent hope and hype and disappointment.

If it really is not justified, the person you are expressing it to will immediately point that out and by expressing it you just might learn the true reason why you’re angry. Blantin you want to please me, if you want to know what would make me happy, here is what I would really like for you to do: When we reveal more, hhonesty have less to hide. When the truth changes from your speaking, you know you’ve spoken the truth.

Radical Honesty : How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth by Brad Blanton

If I get disappointed, I’ll be responsible for my own disappointment. People need to become aware of their “senses.

It’s no wonder that when an authentic exchange occurs, the next time the two people meet, they will talk about anything but their real feelings. I think it has a good premise. Many of us are quite happy to tell the truth so long as it risks nothing, Blanton says, fadical this prevents us from relating to people as living and responsive beings, rather than as our fixed ideas about them, which is to say as a type of inanimate object.

That said, personally I found the author’s brash style to be refreshing and likeable.

Radical Honesty : How to Transform Your Life by Telling the Truth

We are afraid that if we let ourselves love freely, we’ll be opening ourselves up for tremendous hurt. And what happens on the micro level, of course, affects what happens on the macro level. One crucial difference is that, rather than seeing honesty as a way radixal keeping ourselves true to our principles, Blanton thinks our principles are a major cause of dishonesty.

But whatever our excuse, if we do something blameworthy, we are still really to blame: I wish I were better at acting out of that realization. In fact, more often than not, when people tell the truth about their hhonesty, relationships get better, even if the truth is about hatred.

Their ability to be with us is more powerful. Some of the things I came up with sounded hideous and twisted, like they’d been decaying in the dark for too long. The source of personal power is the ability to interrupt your own mind. Because of their tactful silence, they never find out that there is no one truth, only personal, fleeting experiences.


An honest person is a being within whom the ongoing flow of experience occurs, and who has a mind full of guiding abstractions, but for whom neither circumstance nor principles dictate action. I only partly agree with this. You have to tell the truth about what specific behav ior you resent, to the person, face-to-face; 2. I don’t say it for the reassurance, although that is nice.

I bblanton think something that can be useful and that you can incorporate with a policy of total honestly and openness is the ability to just admit when you feel like shit.

Why I’m not radically honest anymore

They never tell those truths because they want to blanron to what they think are society’s standards. Skip to a few months later. It’s an ongoing game. In fact, he encourages us to own up to our cowardice in not wanting to share the truth about ourselves when we stand to lose something by it.

Brad Blanton Quotes (Author of Radical Honesty )

All these explanations sound forgiving and noble, which they would be if they were experiences rather than ideas. As I got older, I found this more difficult, because of what some call karma: When we have chosen to do something that we believe would hurt others, especially if it would hurt them only if they knew about it, confessing in this way is also a failure to take responsibility.

It was done by the author and although his voice is clear and easy to understand, his skill in reading a book out loud is lacking. It’s presented as a one size fits alluniversal remedy for strengthening relationships and liberating one self. There is both real merit and beautiful kind of romanticism around an honest, authentic life.