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Plenty of people would tell you more honesty in this world is not necessarily a comforting prospect. Statements like “The dress is pretty, but you should try something age-appropriate” and “We did have another bottle, but I hid it so you wouldn’t embarrass yourself again” would hardly add to societal civility, they might argue. But the practitioners of radical honesty counter that lying is “the major source of all human stress. Lying kills people.” So a “radical honesty” workshop that threatens to open up “new possibilities for communication and relationships” is really a seminar in survival—you’ll live longer if you quit feeding your partner bullshit in the name of preserving the peace. Provided, of course, that the organizers also have the good sense to advocate a few other lifesaving techniques—such as, say, running like hell after you’ve been “honest.” “It’s a waste of time, but it’ll keep you out of my hair.” The truth-telling begins at 9:30 a.m. at the Arlington Center for Well Being, 3800 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 5, Arlington. Free. (703) 522-7710. (Caroline Schweiter)