Health and Wellbeing
In many traditional approaches to medicine, living true to our authentic selves is the foundation of longevity and health. In these approaches, suppressing thoughts and feelings is linked with conditions of the throat, upper chest and voice.
Wasted Time, Energy and Resources
How much time, energy and money is wasted when we do something because we think it’s what’s wanted but, without an honest conversation, we don’t actually know if that’s true? So many misunderstandings are caused by a lack of clear communication.
Many people feel their opinion isn’t valued, particularly at work, so they stop contributing. If you’re someone who cares, and most of us do, that can be soul-destroying. Plus there’s the very real cost to businesses when they lose this experience and knowledge.
Growth and Development
Not hearing a range of opinions and potential solutions can lead to blinkered thinking. If no one is discussing and debating, the status quo is maintained and there is no development, learning and growth. The costs of that, both on a personal and societal level, may be huge.
Making Matters Worse
Avoiding tricky conversations can allow minor issues build into major ones, which have the potential to disrupt or destroy friendships and relationships. Ironically, trying to keep the peace may cause longer term conflict.