Advice On Approaching The Subject Of Body Odor

Hello Everyone!

Hopefully you are having a good Halloween weekend with your friends and/or family? I met up with family that came in from out of town this evening. I’m tired and not interested in hanging out for a costume party. I want to go to Manhattan tomorrow night for the Village Halloween Parade. It is always a fun and wild time as a people watcher. I found a requested question on Quora that sought my advice. This question is on the topic of body odor. Do you have the courage to let another person know that their body odor is not up to par? If you do, how do you approach them? Do you do it privately or in front of an audience? Would you think that a person who mentions your body odor doesn’t like you? I would think someone is doing me a favor. However, I could understand feeling awkward about it since it is very personal. Here is the question and my response below.

POSED QUESTION:

“If someone says you smell, would they still like you?”

Robert Jin

MY RESPONSE:

“In my opinion, a simple observation on body odor is just a fair warning that the other person is picking up on some body odor that is noticeable. If I had a bad smell, for whatever the reason, I would want my friends and/or family to tell me. I pride myself on my hygiene. We all go through things in life that cause our hygiene to slip. Super high temperatures, working hard, hormones’ changes, pregnancy, weight gain, depression, drugs, etc. are all reasons for not smelling the most fresh. For whatever reason behind the root, I would want to take care of it. It takes courage to inform another person that they have unpleasant body odor. I would appreciate someone approaching me to correct a problem. Yes, the ego doesn’t like to be told that there is a problem. Perhaps it is an article of clothing that has trapped odor that can’t be removed via washing it. To me, it doesn’t indicate that the observer doesn’t like you. If anything, I believe they are looking out for you if they approach you one on one. If the reveal happens in the company of other friends and/or family, then it is geared to be hurtful and/or shameful. One may ask yourself why are they using an audience to get your attention? Anyone who does it in front of others is intending to get a laugh at your expense. However, it is can be possible that they perceive that you are ignoring your hygiene and a group intervention is required. Shaming is not okay. If the heads up was done with an audience, I would confront the person back and ask them why they chose to have an audience? I would totally make the person uncomfortable for being a jerk. Hopefully, the concern raised is helpful and not hurtful. I wish you much luck on encounters as such.”

Leslie M. Jasper

https://www.quora.com/If-someone-says-you-smell-would-they-still-like-you/answer/Leslie-Jasper-3?prompt_topic_bio=1

Let me know your hypothetical approach to a person who informs you of body odor in the comment section below. I’m needing some rest right now so I am going to hit the hay. Before I sign off, I am pimping out my latest, two podcasts that I released for The Verbally Disastrous Podcast via links for Spotify, Amazon Music, & YouTube below. For my latest podcast release, I dished with my buddy who is a retired high voltage splicer. We were partners for quite a few years since the late 1990’s. Hopefully, you find these latest podcast episodes to be interesting. I am also sharing the link to my (7) Kindle Vella short stories on Amazon as well. Now, make sure to have yourself an enjoyable Saturday and enjoy what is left of the week. I wish you a great morning/afternoon/evening on your side of the globe and a restful or productive day!

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2 thoughts on “Advice On Approaching The Subject Of Body Odor

    1. hi Misty aka Funky Fabulous! I stopped by your blog and read your input on body odor. I like that it is short, sweet, and to the point! 🙂 Yes, ideally the goal is to do a person a solid yet don’t embarrass them. Gathering courage to face another person’s ego is a challenge. I thank you for stopping by to say hi and give feedback!

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