Ethnography-Under the Skin
Positive self-representation is a desirable attribute that is increasingly rewarded within modern society. As individuals, we have a great deal of pressure to appear publically acceptable and untarnished. Trying to live up to these expectations conflicts with what it is to be human: our animal instinct versus social propriety. The results of this conflict are detrimental on both physical and mental health. For this reason I believe it imperative to express emotion and stop wearing a smile as a mask.