Something about alter egos has always been really interesting to me, but I haven’t really known why until recently. Today, I’ve figured it out. It’s freedom. Alter egos give us the freedom to create a whole new self; to be whoever or whatever we want to be without inhibition.
Why is that?
This is something I’ve written about before. Holding back. I don’t know, it’s just really neat to think about how anonymity changes people. Are online alter egos more true versions of ourselves? Does anonymity lend us the confidence to be unabashedly ourselves due to the protection from social judgment IRL?
We’re unafraid to be completely ourselves online because acceptance into a community is just a click away. Judgements and abuse can be blocked.
But in real life? It’s harder to get away from the judgement, isn’t it? Acceptance is harder to find (depending on what community you’re in). Or maybe rejection is just harder to handle. I don’t know.
At any rate, alter egos seem like a really useful tool for personal development. They let you gain confidence in certain parts of your personality that you might not be quite comfortable with, but want to accept, ya know? I dunno, just some coffee thoughts.
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