Suppressing your opinions and emotions to keep the peace could come at the expense of your own physical and mental health.
In this essay, I explain how our fear of implying distrust or disapproval to others (Insinuation Anxiety) can lead us to keep silent. I highlight the psychological and physiological consequences of continuously suppressing our opinions, leading to increased depression, stress, and strained relationships. Approaching others with curiosity and asking questions fosters authenticity, increases our satisfaction with life, and can create meaningful connections.
You can read my full article in The New York Times.