Masking personality is part of learned psychological behavior. It is basically a mask that is put on by individuals due to social pressure, bullying or abuse. There are various examples of personality masking performed by an individual including various types of behavior, various temperaments in various situations and on and on.
Today, this psychological condition has evolved in such a way that a person tends to hide his real emotion and fabricate a false emotion. They usually do this to replace emotions like anger, sadness, or frustration with a smile.
Certain studies show that people who mask personalities are not at all aware of doing so and continue with the habit under the influence of others. Wearing a mask is somehow related to consciousness and energy. Energy is needed to wear a mask, and in the near future, it may lead to your energy being reduced.
What exactly is personality masking?
Masking a personality usually means hiding one’s personality, behavior, and mannerism from society that may be judged wrong by the individual. This usually occurs due to a lack of confidence, self-esteem, and not being sure of yourself. They are afraid of how society will judge them if they behave differently from others. Whether in the conscious or subconscious mind, everyone does this from time to time, but the problem arises when this habit grows with age.
Everyone tries to impress others. This leads to masking the personality. For example, an employee may mask his original personality to impress his boss, or a guy may mask his original personality to impress his crush. In this way, they usually tend to lose their true personality and start to pretend too much. Adjustment behaviors are related to masking personality to impress society. “What others think of us” has been a major issue now and this again leads to masking.
There can be several factors that can lead to personality masking. Like I said before, people who follow the path of impressing everyone lead to this habit. This can be considered as the main cause of personality masking. Other causes of such personality development are as follows.
Cultures play an important role in masking personalities. Variation in cultures often leads to the suppression or expression of one’s emotions.
The society that surrounds you leads you to this masking. What will others say, what will others say, how will others react are the various questions that lead to the development of this personality.
3. Various situations
People who react to situations are quite common. Some try to show their real feelings and emotions, while others tend to suppress their real personality and mask it with a fake personality.
4. Man vs. Woman
One of the main problems in society has been that a girl must behave well. This social pressure makes them suppress their real emotions and personality and causes them to mask themselves. As a result, the typically masking personality is found more in women than in men.
There are multiple symptoms of personality masking. Knowing the symptoms you can judge yourself if you have it or not. The symptoms are as follows.
- Changes in accent, voice, and vocabulary in certain situations
- Trying to copy the look and style of others, especially a celebrity, and trying to dress like them.
- Sudden change of taste and interest.
- Rapid change of political views, whether influential or not.
- Rapid change of religious views, especially to impress someone.
- Using different names (depends on who is being spoken to)
How does it feel to mask?
Well, the obvious answer to this question is not a good one. When you mask your personality, you tend to develop the habit of always doing it. You may have certain mood swings or anger develop in you if things do not go your way. Masking personalities takes a lot of effort and time, and if this doesn’t work for you, you start to feel broken and sad. This can even become embarrassing for you when your loved ones find out about your habit and start making fun of it.
How to deal with masking?
The mentality of the people must change. Every person has the right to express their true feelings and emotions. “How would anyone else judge” and reacting by masking your true personality to impress the other person should never be followed by you. Those close to you love the real you and not the masked you. Instead, focus on your actual behavior and habits.
Well, if you are the real one and someone you know is masquerading, it will definitely affect you too. If someone else is masking up and it doesn’t affect you mentally or physically, leave it as it is. But when situations become too extreme (either mentally or physically) for you, you should always seek safety.
Not to do
- Do not call the police or try to remove the person’s mask. This could lead to increased severity.
- Don’t waste your energy finding out the person’s true personality. It’s a waste of time for you.
- Always try to be polite and calm around a masker and just try to ignore him and move into the next room.
- Talk to a specialist in Personality Disorders and explain the situation. They will handle the situation appropriately.
- Try to deal with the person judging your everything. The false masquerade and the real one he/she and tries to calculate the sum of both. This will give you a clear picture of her personality.
- Ignore them and focus on your behavior. Try to build healthy relationships with others.
The various masks we use to hide from various situations.
The mask of being perfect
Although one’s life is a mess, he tries to mask his personality of having a perfect life and being a perfect human being. He tries too hard to do what sometimes gets out of hand.
The mask of a funny guy
One tends to make jokes and the other laughs at them. The mask of a funny guy is worn by the person doing the prank. They love to be the center of attention and especially when the response is positive.
The mask of an intellectual person.
This skin is usually used to show others that they are so smart and intelligent. If it is overdone, the person masking is extremely exhausted.
The mask of a loser
This is a masked personality that is now very common. They give statuses and always try to claim that they are the biggest losers, even when they try so hard. They think this behavior leads to attention. But unfortunately, nobody loves a loser.
The mask of a superhero
Who doesn’t like a superhero? Especially, when you are helping people financially or mentally. Helping others by asking for help is good, but when people mask this personality in themselves and this becomes a habit, they face a great loss in their real life.
The mask of a rude person.
“I am who I am, I am not obliged to answer to anyone.” “If you like me, stay with me or not”. This is the mask that some people love to wear because they feel it is a protective shield against intense criticism and intimacy.
The mask of a fool
Another personality mask that many people wear today. The person is accused of various false accusations but plays dumb so that no one expects anything from him.
“I know who you are! Real personalities are appreciated by real people, masked personalities attract fake people.”
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