The Masks Men Wear
The Smile that Hides the Soul
There are many methods with which we defend our personal zones of space, and one of these is masking. The face we present to the outer world is rarely our real face. It is considered exceptional, almost pecuilar behavior to show what we really feel in our facial expressions or in our actions. Instead we practice a careful discipline when it comes to the expression of our faces and bodies. Dr. Erving Goffman, in his book, Behavior in Public Places, states that one of the most obvious evidences of this discipline is the way we manage our personal appearance, the clothes we select and the hairdos we affect.
These carry a body language message to our friends and associates. Dr. Goffman believes ...