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Hiding how you feel becomes who you are

For some people, their self-worth depends on their ability to hide their feelings, and over time this can become an important part of who they are.

They take pride in being someone who ‘puts on a brave face’, seeing themselves and being seen as someone who ‘copes’.

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Suicidal person point of view

 “Early on I learnt the skills to hide things and put on a brave face and do what's expected and all that. Then I'd got really good at it, and it became a way of life.”

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Suicidal person point of view

 “Early on I learnt the skills to hide things and put on a brave face and do what's expected and all that. Then I'd got really good at it, and it became a way of life.”

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Family/friend point of view

 “She was able not to express in her body where she was inside, so as if she was sort of overriding giving away her reactions. And I think in a way she trained herself from an early age to do that. So it was sort of part of her self–identity.”