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Is the false self necessary? Isn't the person without a false self like a naked body without clothes?

Answer from our relationship trained AI Couple Coach:

Updated: 

March 10, 2024

The concept of the false self, coined by psychoanalyst D.W. Winnicott, refers to an outward persona or mask individuals adopt to navigate social interactions and meet societal expectations, often diverging from their authentic selves. While the false self may offer protection and facilitate social adaptation, prioritizing authenticity fosters deeper connections, self-acceptance, and emotional well-being. Shedding the false self requires introspection, vulnerability, and cultivating self-awareness. Embracing authenticity allows individuals to live more fulfilling lives aligned with their values, desires, and inner truth, akin to shedding societal expectations and embracing one's naked vulnerability.

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