Tough Love - there are other types of love.
Brutal honesty - why must it be brutal to be honest?
isn't it dishonest to only offer brutal honesty and tough love?
if you use them as tools occasionally that seems reasonable, but I chafe when people who only care about their own ego and sense of control, who are only brutally honest, pretend that it is honesty or love that compells their behavior. If your only tools for love and honesty are tough and brutal, then you are neither honest nor loving.