“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”–Thich Nhat Hanh

When does being observed change what emotions I show, consciously or unconsciously? It seems that when I’m around other people, I temper myself. But is that what’s really happening?

I have a range of emotions and numerous was to express them (verbal, nonverbal, artistic). Whatever I show others, isn’t some “artificial” me. It is merely the social expression of who I am.

But I will say that, as an introvert, I feel most like myself when I’m alone. So, how do I take that feeling along with me when I’m around others?

If I am always myself, what helps me to maintain that awareness of self in social settings?