Outside, among your fellows, among strangers, you must preserve appearances, a hundred things you cannot do, but inside, the terrible freedom. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
This Thursday, I’ve been having an even more thoughtful time than usual.
I dived deep into the subject of Face: the superficial appearance, voiced beliefs and attitudes that may, or may not, be an accurate reflection of a person’s character.
(I'm knee deep in this topic, that's Thoughtful Thursday for you.)
· Everyone works to maintain face
· The individual’s face is shaped and reshaped depending on who is there to see it.
· Presenting the right face can be the difference between being accepted or rejected.
· When surrounded by others, the face shown by any individual can a reflection of others in the group.
· Face is one way the subtleties of power is seen even when the group is, theoretically, made up of equals.
· Face affects behaviour.
· The biggest struggle a person deals with during the course of their day is to understand the public face every other individual presents to the world.
· The difference between the protected, private and true identity of an individual and their public face can be the truth behind two people’s relationship or a major cause of aggression.
· The ability to always present an appropriate face is the highest – and lowest – form of communication.
FACE IS SO BRITTLE IT IS IMPORTANT TO MAKE SURE IT CRACKS... I PLAN FOR IT.
HOW IS YOUR PUBLIC FACE HOLDING UP FOR YOU?