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Telling White Lies

Updated on June 26, 2019

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 can do it myself."
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 in much pain."

Here are some conversations from the community about this topic:

“I'm caught between a rock and a hard place -- do I tell the truth which could potentially spread more negativity or do I lie about what I'm really feeling to avoid being negative?”

“I feel so alone with this fight. No one gets it!”

“Leaving for Florida on Saturday all by myself. Going to read some self-help books on the beach. Feeling excited and guilty.”

Why do you choose a white lie over sharing your true feelings?
What do you wish you could say instead?

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