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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 … Continue reading

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