Incognito – most of the Time

Carnival masks, theater masks, protective masks or even facial masks. Putting on a mask might serve various purposes, but mostly we use them as means of disguise. We wear masks to hide from something, pretend to be someone else, protect us from possible harm, or get rid of imperfections we don’t want others to see.

Have you ever noticed that depending on your surroundings, you too, wear all different kinds of masks? While we are still young, we learn that by putting on a mask, and by that I mean behaving or reacting in a certain way, we will exert a certain outcome depending on the situation. We behave and react differently – slip on different masks or costumes, so to speak – when we mean to guarantee a particular result, depending on whom or what we choose to embody, in the face of a certain situation or in front of a particular person.  Behaving in a certain way could mean influencing a situation to gain a certain outcome, adapt to more or less familiar surroundings or just maintain the picture somebody has of you, your personality, strengths and skillset.

Some masks enable us to perform in a certain way or even give us the confidence to reach important goals – so some of them we wear to fake it, ‘til we really make it. Just think of self-esteem, for example. Who has not worn the mask of confidence though he/she was secretly shitting his/her pants/dress. Some masks are enforced onto us by society, some by experience, some even by mistake.

Inspired by this month’s topic INCOGNITO, we want you to be aware of the different masks you choose to use and decide for yourself to consciously keep some of them, put some of them away, even take pride in wearing certain ones, or enjoy particular ones even more:

“Nothing is more real than the masks we make to show each other who we are.”
(Christopher Barzak)

“A mask tells us more than a face.”
(Oscar Wilde)

“Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.”
(Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.)

“Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.”
(Oscar Wilde)

“Sometimes, it’s not the people who change, it’s the mask that falls off.”

“Virtue has a veil, vice a mask.”
(Victore Hugo)

“We all wear masks, and the time comes when we cannot remove them without removing some of our own skin.”
(André Berthiaume)

“Give a man a mask and he’ll become his true self.”
(The Joker)

“No one can wear a mask for very long.”
(Seneca the Younger)

“Although I know it’s unfair I reveal myself one mask at a time”
(Stephen Dunn)

Now, enough of the masquerade or can you think of any other quotes or sayings? Please put them in the comment section below.


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About Elli Kling

Elli loves nothing more than travelling the world & getting to know other cultures. She likes reading, cooking and is obsessed with japanese green tea. She has a background in communications, enjoys writing and is also part of the TEDx Communications & PR Team.

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