If we accept that people are the face they present to the world, we are denying
the complexity of human beings. Do we judge each other incorrectly by a
formula that’s too simple? We are all capable of pretence, not just to be
deceptive – sometimes it is a way of maintaining a mystique until we are ready
to show a different aspect of ourselves. We could present on the outside as
calm and cool, when we are in fact struggling to keep a lid on the volcano
about to erupt inside us. Surprisingly, we never seem to be ‘volcanic’ on the
outside if all is at peace on the inside. We humans are so individual that few
truths can be applied to us universally. We often show the world what we
assume they want to see.

Being proficient at masking what you are really feeling is fine, as long as the
‘act’ does not distort your awareness of your true self. The key is to balance
your knowledge of what you really are and what your core values represent.
Whatever you choose to hide or to project is up to you. You may choose to
hide your true self from the world, but do remember that you can’t stay
hidden forever. Make sure you know the difference between your true self
and the self you show the world – if, in reality, there is a difference between
the two.


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