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By all means mask your fear from others, but be honest to yourself.

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Masking fear can be good or bad. It's all situational, right? If you defend yourself or others it's good, if you cut yourself off from yourself or others, deny your vulnerable self the chance to breathe and cry, then it's bad. That's self wisdom, that's emotional intelligence.

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Masking fear was a survival essential where I'm from. So much so that I don't feel fear as others apparently do. I process it differently, route it through my prefrontal cortex instead of letting the more primitive brain do the choice-making. Some things we are born with, others are epigenetic alterations, adjustments I guess. So I can be damaged by fear. It can cause me harm to my brain and body the same as others. The difference is, it shuts them down, it makes me more alert, more adept and creative problem solving.

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Masking fear should be a temporary solution to a temporary problem, any more than that and you will suffer from excessive stress. The stress hormone, cortisol, causes a rise in most forms of disease. So notice your emotions, take care of yourself.