One job that must have dropped in popularity in recent weeks is that of a birthday clown. Clowns used to be fun, the life of the party, entertaining. And now they are freaking people out across the nation.
What is it about clowns that can be so unnerving? Maybe it’s that now they are hiding in the dark and covering their identity with scary face paint and masks. They seem unpredictable, allowing our imaginations to fill in the gaps and imagine the worst.
A similar thing happens in relationships. When we wear masks and attempt to cover our identity by projecting a false image of ourselves, we scare people away. The person we are trying to build a relationship with is unnerved and unable to build trust with us.