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Jess Whittlestone
PhD student, Warwick Business School, Oxford
Jess Whittlestone is a PhD student in behavioural science at Warwick Business School and lives in Oxford. Her work has been published in Vox and Quartz, among others.

Written by Jess Whittlestone

Essay/
Knowledge
When the truth hurts

The truth about health or personal relationships can entail pain and regret. Is it sometimes better to stay in the dark?

Jess Whittlestone