The Masks We All Wear

As members of the Sandwich Generation, don’t we all wear masks at one time or another, pretending that everything is OK? There are many reasons people may act out this charade. It’s not uncommon to hide personal pain, because putting it on display for all to see can be embarrassing and even destabilize relationships. Yet studies show that using denial as an emotional defense and ‘acting as if’ everything is fine can actually shift your feelings in a more positive direction. And keeping a ‘stiff upper lip’ when you feel powerless may, in fact, result in your having more control over a difficult situation.

Young woman in masquerade laughing, close-up (B&W)

Yet underlying bad feelings don’t just disappear when you hide them as a form of self-medication. The transitions we go through can be complicated. And perspective is valuable, no matter whether you’re hit in the face with a crisis, giving up roles that have defined you in the past or making a slow adjustment to changes in your identity. Try to take a step back as you look at what’s going on for you emotionally.

We’ll be giving you tips all week about how to work through transitions you may be facing. Clicking on the title of this blog will take you to and an article about Turning a Crisis into a Challenge.

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