Ms. Shelly Sanders
EN 1113- 05
26 September 2012
Why be Fake?
People often call others fake without giving it a second thought. Human beings are capable of changing and adjusting themselves according to their environment. There are people all around the world who try really hard to blend into their surroundings, and mostly end up in situations where normal people develop a feeling of hatred towards those individuals for their fabricated behavior, like Scarlet Koop says “Time passes and you begin to see, people for who they really are and not who they pretend to be.” What makes me wonder is, what is it that makes people behave in such an impetuous way?
Fake people are often categorized as: hypocrites, liars, and traitors, disloyal, immoral and twofaced. Any normal person will not trust a hypocrite because hypocrites care only about themselves and they would do anything to look good in front of others, but who on earth does not want to look good in front of others? In Why We Act As We Do Eisenberg says “Being ourselves is one of the most difficult human achievement” (250). We all change according to our environment and according to the situation we are kept in. According to Ayme, Dumas, Huguet and Neave, human behavior depends on several factors. For example, human brain works in a different way if the person knows that he/she is being compared to somebody else, if an individual is kept in a fight or flight situation, if one is told something that would boost his/her confidence, or vice versa, and the list goes on. So what exactly is normal or, according to Eisenberg, “healthy” and what can be considered unhealthy? Eisenberg defines a healthy person as “one who can satisfy his physical, affectional, social and creative needs, who is personally capable of meeting difficulties, and whose social outlook is progressive” and an unhealthy person is the one who is “neurotic or very disturbed emotionally [….] Such people should seek professional...
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