The Masks We Wear...But Why?

Halloween can be so much fun to get dressed up and be whoever you want to be! At Halloween we give permission as a society to "pretend" to be someone else. It can be overwhelming to walk through the aisles and see all the choices! Did you realize that people wear masks every day of their lives and not just on Halloween? No not real masks- emotional ones! This week Imagine Hope is going to help you understand some emotional masks we hide behind and why.

Have you ever noticed how you might be one way around some people and put on a new "mask" in another area of your life?

Why do we hide from people? Why aren't we able to be our "real" self in all areas of our lives? Is it fear of judgment? Fear of getting hurt? An image thing? To impress others? To avoid conflict? Wearing masks keeps us from showing people who we really are and only let's others see who we want them to see.

When we find ourselves switching to a different mask, we need to slow down and ask why. When you tune into your internal self-talk, you can develop more self awareness. Understanding the messages you say to yourself will help you see the masks you wear.

If you want to have connected and fulfilling relationships with others, it's time to take off the masks and put your real self out there. Keep reading this week to hear more about the specific masks we see people use with others!

Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC

Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.