If you’ve ever been in a situation where you felt like you had to pretend to be someone else, then this blog post is for you.

Pretending to be something that we are not taking an emotional toll and can lead people down the wrong path.

In this blog post, I will discuss how pretending to be something that we can affect us on both a mental and physical level.

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First, I will start with the mental effects. Pretending to be someone that we are not can lead us down a path of depression and anxiety because it is difficult for our brains to process who they actually are versus what they perceive themselves as being on the outside.

This leads people to become disconnected from their true selves and mask their identity in order to fit into society’s expectations or norms.

It is hard enough when you have trouble identifying your own self without having other people come along telling you how you should look, act, dress, etc., which causes an emotional breakdown or sadness due to feeling like one doesn’t belong anywhere even though there may be many places where they would feel welcome if only they weren’t pretending. 

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