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There’s nothing “truthful” about verbal abuse

“Tone of voice” is not part of the definition of Truth.

Truth is multidimensional and, as such, it is capable of being conveyed in a variety of forms.

So to suggest that one is incapable of modifying their tone, without compromising the Truth, is a cop-out.

It’s a way of saying, “This conversation is on my terms. I don’t care enough about your response to structure my speech in a way that is conducive to cooperative communication.”

Such an attitude is the rightful privilege of the one who holds it, just as the decision to walk away from such a person is the rightful privilege of the one who wishes to not be verbally abused.

Here’s today’s two cents:

Know your conversational rights. Respect yourself enough to engage only in forms of dialogue that honor your dignity. Others have the right to be honest with you, but you have the right to be honest with others about your personal standards for healthy interaction.


T.K. Coleman

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  1. Agreed. For sure. Correct. You bet. Indeed. Very much so. Yes.

    As well as submitting to every HR and small business; parents (family), friends, co-workers, teachers, police, etc, etc.

    Yet another good post.

    How do you do it?

    Warm Regards,


  2. I have learned to excuse myself rather abruptly with people who become nasty – with any excuse that seems remotely acceptable at the moment. Oftentimes the tiniest break will give everyone a chance to regroup and/or chill out.

  3. As you know from previous posts and comments, this is a subject very dear to me. I spent many years tolerating verbal abuse, because it was camouflaged in a tirade of “Truthful” insults and opinions. Well not anymore!! Now they watch me walk away, with my own decision to, and with my own opinions as truth.
    So now I can be true to myself 😉

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