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Best of Our Blogs: June 11, 2010

By Brandi-Ann Uyemura, M.A.
Associate Editor

There’s a side of us that we want to keep from the rest of the world. We put our best face forward while hiding the parts of ourselves we deem too unlovable to reveal to outsiders. Sometimes we do it out of fear of being rejected and other times we do it out of habit. For example, can you count the number of times today when someone asked how you were doing and you automatically answered “fine” even when you didn’t feel that way?

Maybe it’s our society that values doing so or maybe we don’t believe that others can hold our own truth. We all have hidden our true selves at one time or another, yet I can’t help but wonder at what expense?

Being honest about who you are and what situation you are in good or bad, may have a positive effect on others as well as yourself. Feeling safe to share your not-so-charming secrets to someone you trust could help raise your self-esteem, give you a more accurate sense of self, minimize your fears and improve your relationship with the other person. Think about that the next time someone asks you, “How are you feeling?”

Then, read our top 5 posts this week, which are all about compassion, lying and our sense of self.

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