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    I was listening to a podcast this week discussing the concept of our true self versus the self we are showing currently.

    The examples given were that we can see a seed and to us it is just a seed. We don't see the plant or the tree or the flower that is hidden inside of it. Or we see a caterpillar and don't realize that a butterfly is inside of it. Or we simply see each other and don't realize that someone else is inside of us.

    Do you think this is true about your own self? If so, do you know what it is inside of you that no one sees? If not, do you think you are showing your true self quite often?

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    I sort of think everyone keeps their child self within them.
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
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    Isn't this basically the idea of the persona? That we all wear a mask and hide our true selves?

    I don't know, honestly. I wear so many masks and my mood fluctuates so frequently that I'm not really sure what my "true self" is anymore...
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    I definitely keep a large part of my true self hidden. I keep the most vulnerable part inside. It's a self preservation thing. I'm my experience, most people can't be trusted...so, I don't.

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    I don't like the idea of masks personally... I don't feel that I wear them. It's more like armor than a mask. I'm super sensitive actually so it's just to protect the squishy bits.

    Or like I said earlier... It's just the child and the outer self is the parent.

    Maybe... Idk lady! What do you think?
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
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    Imo your "true self" is only allowed to emerge if it is nurtured. Unfortunately the various stressors of life tend to obfuscate hidden gems as we try to protect our core.
    For all that we have done, as a civilization, as individuals, the universe is not stable, and nor is any single thing within it. Stars consume themselves, the universe itself rushes apart, and we ourselves are composed of matter in constant flux. Colonies of cells in temporary alliance, replicating and decaying and housed within, an incandescent cloud of electrical impulses. This is reality, this is self knowledge, and the perception of it will, of course, make you dizzy.

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    True self is often confused with inner self.

    True self is like an orange. It has an outside and an inside, but together it is the whole orange.

    Or a less tasty and more accurate example would be an onion. It has many layers. The whole thing is the onion, right down to the middle. All the layers are onion, there is no 'true onion' but the onion itself. Some parts of it are just deeper inside.

    Your outer self is still part of yourself because yourself has it - it's not somebody else's outer self, it is yours.

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    ^^ that's how it feels to me too yep.
    There can’t be any large-scale revolution until there’s a personal revolution, on an individual level. It’s got to happen inside first.
    -Jim Morrison

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    My true self is hightly excitable. And this is often seen as socially inappropriate so my true self has been well and truly suppressed.

    But being an intelligent and good little boy I learnt this lesson myself and learnt to suppress my true self.

    This is painful to discover and a difficult trap to get out of.

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