Is Saying What You Think a Good or Bad Thing?

Adrian S. Potter
3 min readMar 3, 2024

Context matters.

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For better or worse, I am known as a person who says what I think.

Sometimes it elevates me into the life of the party, while other times it crowns me as a party pooper.

Often, it can make me a trusted resource and sounding board, but here and there, it makes me come off as an insensitive prick.

And yes, occasionally, I seem hilarious and entertaining, but in other scenarios, I appear crude and uncaring.

So, is saying what you think a good or bad thing? A gift or a curse?

When someone says “what they think,” they are expressing their opinions, beliefs, or viewpoints on a particular subject or issue. This phrase implies honesty and transparency in communication. It suggests the person is genuine and not holding back their thoughts or feelings.

Whether expressing what one thinks is considered positive or negative depends on the context and how it is done:

The Positives

  • Honesty: People who openly share their opinions are often perceived as reliable and trustworthy.
  • Authenticity: Expressing one’s true thoughts can foster genuine connections with others.
  • Assertiveness: Being able to voice…



Adrian S. Potter

Antisocial Extrovert · Writer and Poet, Engineer, Consultant, Public Speaker · Writing about self-improvement, gratitude, and creativity ·