If You Have Bad News for Someone, Just Tell It to Them Straight 

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A new study from Brigham Young University has concluded that
there’s really only one good way to tell someone horrible news:
just spill it, directly.

Two professors at BYU and University of South Alabama
administered a study in which 145
graduates imagined themselves in two different scenarios while
receiving bad news: one in which they were told indirectly
(hearing some nice compliments and small talk before learning
the truth) and directly (just immediately receiving the bad
news.) The situations were moments like experiencing a break-up
or being told you have cancer.

The students were then asked which scenario was “least
bothersome” and overwhelming preferred the scenarios in which
they were told the bad news directly. “If your house is on
fire, you just want to know that and get out,” one study author
Manning told the Washington
“Or if you have cancer, you’d just like to know
that. You don’t want the doctor to talk around it.”

Because even those giving the bad advice might want to pad out
the info with apologies and explanations, those receiving the
advice really just want it immediately:

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