It starts when we’re small children, about the time we first develop self-awareness. Society steps in – first in the form of our parents, then our teachers, then the media, or bosses at work, our peers – and tries to tell us ‘who we are’.
That’s when we begin creating the false self, the self that is a response to the demands of the society around us. We begin managing other people’s impressions of us, we begin to lie, we begin to act like a reflection of what we think the world expects us to be.
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