Remember the retort some of us used as kids when we were verbally bullied:
Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.
Perhaps you're even able to hear it as "sing song" in your mind's voice.
If we could go back and change that phrase to "Sticks and stones may break my bones but only lies might hurt me."
Why lies? Marcus Aurelius writes: “If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change. For I seek the truth, by which no one ever was truly harmed. Harmed is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance.”
Truth is always a friend. Sometimes it gently tugs and other times it challenges and might even reveal deep insecurities or guarded narratives that never helped or no longer apply.
If you have a personal friend that speaks the truth to you, wonderful!
If not, check your biases and preconceived ideas and allow data and facts to guide you; when they correspond to your intuition and highest and best self, you know you are on the truth track. Keep on truckin'!