Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach

You Can’t Handle The Truth

Like a bully shoving dirt down the kooky kid’s mouth, you’re pushing me to be a liar.

But it’s not your fault.

When I hand you cut-and-dried facts, it’s only natural you turn away in disgust. The facts don’t look tasty.

If I want to sell you the nitty-gritty, I must first sweeten it up.

All storytellers must sugar-coat the truth. Or nobody will listen.

A chiropractor doesn’t need you to remove your shirt to fix your neck ache. The practitioner can crack your spine just as easily with your clothes on. But it makes us feel better if she pretends.

Getting the barber to trim your beard doesn’t give us a cleaner shave. Heck, it’s not even quicker. But the hot towel and straight razor makes us feel pretty.

A Porsche doesn’t do a better job of getting you from A to B than a Prius. But people are willing to pass up on owning six economical cars in favour of one swanky speed demon.

In a world without real problems, people don’t need anything. Everybody just wants to feel good.

And nothing feels better than being told a mouth watering lie.

By Jeroen Elsing
Ex-lawyer turned relationship coach