Is it better to be Polite or Frank? Journey with the creator of The School of Life to see the intricacies behind this age-old question.
“For most of human history, the idea of being ‘polite’ has been central to our sense of what is required to count as a good and civilized person. But more recently, politeness has come under suspicion. While we may not outright reject it, it’s not a word we now instinctively reach for when we want to explain why we like or admire someone. ‘Politeness’ can sometimes even carry almost the opposite of its traditional connotations, suggesting an offensive or insolent degree of insincerity and inauthenticity. A ‘polite’ person may come to be judged as a bit of a fake – and in their own way, really rather rude. We often tend to prefer the idea of being frank, and speaking our own mind”
What do you think? Would you rather be polite or frank? Is one actually better than the other?
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