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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Prior to that, all gifts are bribes—everything has a string attached. I feel that quality – which I am finding impossible to relate in words – when I am in deep sleep, listening to a very beautiful song, sleeping in the park and getting goosebumps from the wind, kissing, being intimate, singing, painting.

The writing itself is sometimes stream-of-consciousness style, so if you don’t like that it might be tough to get through.

Why I’m not radically honest anymore – Ben Hourigan, author

In medieval philosophy the radical humour was inherent in all animals and was believed to be necessary to the animal’s vitality. This book is the cake with the file in it. Well-being has to be continually relearned and reexperienced through a redirection of attention away from the preconceptions of the mind and toward the experiences of excitement in the body.

Archived from the original on That honesty requires an appropriate context—relative safety—explains why Blanton suggests people interested in practicing radical honesty should seek out or form communities. I feel uneasy about that sometimes, but I also have serious doubts about whether radical honesty is right for me or anyone else. As I got older, I found this more difficult, because of what some call karma: View all 3 comments.

If you have even one good friend to both people, to whom both can talk and who supports both in telling the truth, you have a great resource.

The first edition of Radical Honesty became a nationwide best seller in because it was not a kinder, gentler self-help book. After a while, your friendship may feel more superficial than before and you may not like spending as much time with him as you used to.

I imagine myself as some kind of person who will eventually “get it”. Quotes from Radical Honesty When we start thinking with categories, we exclude a lot of experience; yet, we need the efficiency of thinking with categories.

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

bra I would advocate using some of the principals in this book but I would balk at some others as I think they would cause more problems than they solve.


But it is, as Blanton points out, necessary for truly living and not just coping.

The bad parts rdaical so bad you want to [insert bad things here]. This book was like a sandwich with some really good meat between two very thick, very stale pieces of bread. You let it come and go. Not always in that order, though I put others last on purpose, because we never know others as well as ourselves, and our help boanton often unwelcome or gets in the way. Apr 07, Yorgo rated it really liked it Shelves: But if you’re interested in really thinking about what the truth is, in what ways it is valuable, and how the hiding dishonesty all around us is making things suck, read this.

The more hysterical we are, the further away from experience we wish to be. Being honest means saying what you feel when you feel it, and HOW you feel it. But the moral is so true: In this way, telling the truth makes intimacy and hoonesty possible. In this way, they remain safe from their own sexuality.

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

When I am observing without creating meaning, there is no desire to die because the weight of assessment is not present. You have to express any appreciations for the person that come up in the process, with the same attention to your feelings and to the other person as when you are expressing resentments; 5.

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.

Will you finally be good enough in your own eyes? What you withhold will kill you. We are all more petty and selfish than we are willing to admit. But even radical interventions by the best of therapists are powerless unless there is a commitment by a whole and undivided being to change. Most people pretend to be brave when they’re afraid, pretend to be happy when they’re depressed, take different identities and spend A LOT of energy and time preserving that ego self-image.

While I like his theory about how Western models of health focus on illness healing rather than prevention, and how lying to ourselves and others can increase destructive behaviours – particularly through socially sanctified poisons such as neglecting movement, not listening to your body, overeating or eating things that feel bad, alcohol, cigarettes and other drugs – I disliked his judgement that obesity is a form of abuse.


That’s what Alan Watts talks about in “Wisdom of insecurity” and what Milan Kundera talks about in the “The Unbearable lightness of being”. At times, being honest about your anger is the only way you have of sharing who you are.

But the appearance of a successful life is to a successful life as the menu is to a meal. He says that suicide is a result of this battle between mind and being, where the mind has won. Like I have moments sometimes where I am standing with a group of people and I will get an overwhelming fear response, and feel the desire to leave immediately.

We think we lie in order to ‘save’ bbrad people, but in reality, we lie in order to save our false and constructed selves. I heard something similar from Byron Katie, who said that she would have the thought, “get up”, and then other thoughts would tumble out: The big idea of the book is that happiness can be achieved through cultivating honesty regardless of how hard or easy the situation is.

Blantn in the guest-written introduction to the second edition, Marilyn Ferguson writes that she doesn’t condone Blanton’s dirty language and doesn’t agree with much of what he says.

Radical honesty is not about becoming a cocky blunt cunt that Loved it, even though the book is not perfect.

Once well-being as a continual process of noticing and rediscovery has been learned, the way a person spends time and what he or she does in his or her life changes noticeably. All of the information in the world is of no value, and all research is irrelevant, until placed blantton the context of the power of intention.

What is undeniable is that a strong and cogent argument has been made for more honesty and not for less ; very recommended. Hope is how most of us avoid growing. However, I really respect his ideas and I love the simplicity of living from the body and recognising evaluative thoughts as they arise. You are invited and requested, but not obligated, to take care of me.

Entertaining and worth a read if not a listen. I cannot decide to love or trust, but I can decide to be personally honest or not.