I read somewhere that today was National Multiple Personality Day. At first, I thought what a strange thing to observe, but after thinking about it, I’ve come to the conclusion that in today’s day and age, there are some aspects of this disorder that deserve a little exploration. Since I am no expert on this topic in a clinical sense, I will just be sharing the thoughts the observation of this day has provoked in my head.
Now, let’s be honest, some if not most of us consciously make choices every day to reveal only the sides of ourselves that we would like other people to see. Our true personalities are reserved for the comfort of our homes or for the security of the people who know and love us, “warts and all”. In public we pretend to be a different version of ourselves, ones we think will be more liked and accepted.
Today in the age of smart phones and social networking we see this play out every day. Often images posted are far from reality and sometimes the lives and personalities of the people we know are completely different from what we see portrayed on social media. Have you ever been guilty of taking many versions of the same picture while holding your stomach in, tilting your head to the left then to the right until you have finally gotten the right shot and though it looks great it’s not a true replication of what you really look like, yet that’s the version you post anyway? Guilty? Don’t worry, I’m over 50, of course I am too. Smart phones have worked wonders, with the right angle, the right editing and the right audience we can transform our appearance into whatever we want it to be. We can also alter attitudes and personalities in videos and recordings just to achieve the “right” effect.
Even without social media we display personalities that are not true to who we are. We do it at work, at church, when we’re out with friends or wherever. The question is, why do we do that? Is it just harmless fun or do we have personalities that we are genuinely trying to hide from others or maybe from ourselves, if that is even possible? Don’t look at me, I don’t know the answer, I’m asking you?
My take is this, a little harmless posturing here and there is okay as long as you don’t start buying into the hype and believing your fantasy is your reality. Like anything else, sensibility and moderation are needed and remember you are only transforming what you appear to be. A smart phone or a fake persona cannot change your true personality, or your heart or what’s in your head and definitely not your reality.
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