Honest people are often described as an "open book". Swayed not by the thoughts and opinions of others, these people confidently present themselves exactly as they are. They take responsibility for their feelings and behaviours.
Believing that things will eventually work out when they are honest, they are willing to bear the price even when things don't. Their integrity is not just a means to an end but a source of their core identity and meaning. They tend to have a strong sense of personal values that they live by, as a core component to their honesty is the belief that there is indeed an authentic self.
The honest person will address problems head-on in all their relationships rather than say it behind their backs. This allows them to maintain deep, meaningful friendships, as others know they can depend on honest people to say it like it is.
By openly communicating their boundaries with their partners, these individuals are able to enjoy trying new things in relationships with mutual trust. Honest people are able to avoid conflict, as their ease with communication allows them to address issues before they escalate into bigger problems.
Honest people often find success in workplaces where they work alone or are the group leaders, especially thriving in environments where sincerity is valued, such as stylist jobs or group managers.
These individuals are effective at addressing whether a result is up to the proper work standards or if it has to be changed. They are trusted at work because it is guaranteed that they will accomplish a task or communicate a challenge if there is one.
A word of caution to the honest person: the truth has its consequences. Honest people face the possibility of occasionally offending others with their opinions. While one's intention may be good, complete honesty may come off as judgment and can make others feel less encouraged to continue a friendship. It may benefit an honest person to ponder whether a certain situation warrants silence rather than speaking the truth as it can sometimes do more harm than good.
Additionally, honesty and integrity can unfortunately get in the way of courtship. While some people try to flaunt the best version of themselves early on in relationships, honest people present their true selves, wrinkles and all. A partner who is accustomed to dishonest courtship might be startled by this kind of forthrightness and expect, as they are used to, the worst still to come.
The development of honesty is the most advantageous when done from childhood as it supports the freedom of self-expression from early on. Parents encouraging honesty from children and informing them that deception is inappropriate while also emphasizing the importance of accurate self-portrayal can aid children in evolving this strength.
Furthermore, maintaining an environment that encourages and praises diversity can help facilitate more authentic self-portrayals, which will lead to more honesty. Adults can develop their honesty by being open with themselves about their feelings, accepting the truth, and taking responsibility for their words and actions.
Those who score low in honesty find it difficult to express themselves. These people prefer to maintain a desired image of themselves to others, even if it’s not entirely accurate of who they are. They can also find it difficult to maintain friendships/relationships because others may not always trust them. Their values and identity are swayed by circumstance and social pressures, making them more likely to help because they have to rather than because they want to.