Being Honest About an Unpleasant Past Can Make You More Lovable.

We have all done what we are not proud of, but that does not mean that you should hide these moments from the world. Recent research shows that being honest about your unpleasant past makes you much more attractive than someone who is hiding information in an attempt to look their best.

Research by Leslie John, Keith Baras, and Michael Norton of Harvard Business School suggests that keeping things behind closed doors to save face actually backfires. In fact, people tend to think of holders as unreliable, and honestly talking about your past can even be considered brave. Whether you’re creating an online dating profile or filling out a survey as a potential job candidate, researchers advise you to talk about the less naughty details of your past ahead of time. The more you hide, the more it looks like you are trying to hide something – and people’s imaginations can be much worse than the truth. You can read more about the study at the link below.

What the cover-up reveals | Harvard Business School via NPR


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