deliberate and desired means of preserving

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"This fact makes it unnecessary for you to hide. Because there is a greater security you can take greater risks and because here it is not you and therefore everything about you is hidden, you can let yourself appear.”

“Imaginary shield protection from reality, hides authentic self or reveals multiplicity of identities.”

“Mask is a magical device to facilitate the release of
repressed instincts, thus blurring the boundary between
man and animal."

Tseelon, E. 2001. Masquerade and identities: essays on gender, sexuality and marginality. London: Routeledge.

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