It’s such a temptation to curate your own image. To manipulate your role as projectionist: portraying only the best side while hiding the worst.
Where does that path lead? In the short term, it’s a get out of jail free card. An escape from an embarrassing situation. A way to save face and prevent judgment.
In the long term, it leads to the realization you are a phony. Lacking authenticity.
Incapable of being yourself.