Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

So, this person is very open, honest and brave to display his vulnerabilities and feelings (because that's what feels natural for him, and as a good thing, to do) whether he's out in public, with strangers, or not. He's being particularly open about his feelings and vulnerabilities, even when it may not be asked for or necessary to do so. There is nothing fake or deceiving about this person. You're always directly connected to whom this person really is.

share|improve this question
3  
Are we describing someone here, or are we calling up a popular astrological narrative about a type of person? –  WS2 Jul 2 at 23:02
    
It's all about a word or expression that fits with the meaning as described above. –  user76935 Jul 2 at 23:27
    
You might say this person is very extrovert –  GroundZero Jul 3 at 12:48
1  
@GroundZero extroverted*, or they are an extrovert. –  Doc Jul 3 at 13:19
7  
I disagree entirely that extroverted fits here. Extroverted has a very particular meaning that has to do with being "outgoing" and enjoying larger social gatherings. One does not have to wear one's heart on one's sleeve or be emotionally transparent to be extroverted, and many extroverts are not like this. –  Two-Bit Alchemist Jul 3 at 18:45

8 Answers 8

Radically honest would seem to describe what you are talking about, although it's not a single word. 1

Some people on the autistic spectrum also display radical honesty without regard to social context or social consequences. 2

[1] Radical Honesty

[2] Caetextia

share|improve this answer

an open book

although to me this implies the negative aspects like naivety

share|improve this answer

Unfiltered is another way to express this. It expresses no connotations about the morality or sentiment expressed, it only expresses that the person shows precisely what is on the inside, whatever it is.

share|improve this answer

A genuine person fits also.

free from pretense, affectation, or hypocrisy; sincere: a genuine person.

It can also be applied to personal attributes like feelings, sympathy etc.

share|improve this answer

A transparent person may be a possible definition.

Transparent:

  • easily understood; manifest; obvious.

  • candid; frank; open.

Being transparent:

Like a looking glass into our soul. Often it is something that isn’t done. It is a way to keep our true self from being seen by others. Being transparent and showing your inner light to others is not something everyone does.

share|improve this answer
1  
+1. This seems the most fitting, as it focuses on the (over-)openness of the person, not the honesty or the like. The only possible problem for this is just that it doesn't readily imply active openness, which is prominent in the question description. –  justhalf Jul 3 at 8:44
1  
+1 This one is the one I'd use. –  J A Terroba Jul 3 at 15:26

While its antonym, disingenuous is much more commonly heard, you might consider ingenuous

candid; frank; straightforward

share|improve this answer
2  
Yeah, but look at definition #1: naive, artless, or innocent –  J A Terroba Jul 3 at 15:28
    
@JATerroba Absolutely. You would need context to clarify what you mean. –  bib Jul 3 at 21:12

Someone who does not hide their feelings is said to "Wear their heart on their sleeve", or for a single-word description, the person can be said to be "guileless", meaning there is no insincerity or pretense to them.

As defined in the Google Dictionary:

Guileless: "devoid of guile; innocent and without deception."

share|improve this answer
6  
@WS2 I wouldn't associate wearing one's heart upon one's sleeve with showing off humanitarian sides. To me it just means being unable to conceal one's feelings (for better or worse). Transparent, on the other hand, I would associate with someone who has ulterior motives—someone you can see right through and who is the exact opposite of honest. –  Janus Bahs Jacquet Jul 2 at 23:05
1  
I'm confused @WS2, I don't see anywhere in the question where morality or connotation were of a concern to the OP. :-s –  Kristina Lopez Jul 2 at 23:05
1  
@WS2 "'Wearing one's heart on one's sleeve' carries negative tones suggesting that a person constantly makes a show of their humanitarian nature" I've never heard it used with the connotation you mentioned (either being a humanitarian or being a self-righteous humanitarian). Wiktionary defines it as, "To be very transparent, open, or forthright about one's emotions", which I think is exactly right. –  Matthew Flaschen Jul 3 at 3:50
1  
@justhalf, the definition of "innocent" used in the definition of "guileless" does not mean blameless in that sense. As MWO's definition 2a states: "lacking experience with the world and the bad things that happen in life." –  Kristina Lopez Jul 3 at 16:59
1  
I like "wearing one's heart on one's sleeve" but not "guileless", since it suggests that guile lies at the heart of the opposite, arguably more normal, behavior. Concealing one's feelings is often appropriate and I think "guile" has too many negative connotations to describe it even by implication, as here. –  Two-Bit Alchemist Jul 3 at 18:49

I would say you answered your own question in the title: the word I would use is sincere.

share|improve this answer
    
I was hoping there would be a term with a higher degree of sincerity, including being particularly open about your feelings and vulnerabilities, even when it may not be asked for or necessary to do so. Not being open about them doesn't make you insincere, I think. –  user76935 Jul 2 at 19:51
1  
"Not being open about them doesn't make you insincere" -> This is precisely what's not so correct with guileless. I think transparent fits better for your question, since it focuses on the (over-)openness. However it doesn't imply active openness, though. –  justhalf Jul 3 at 8:46

protected by tchrist Jul 4 at 7:52

Thank you for your interest in this question. Because it has attracted low-quality answers, posting an answer now requires 10 reputation on this site.

Would you like to answer one of these unanswered questions instead?

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.