You can sum up humanity as a great ape that constantly lies to everyone around them and themselves. It's true. In the work, we call lying ‘buffers.’ It is tough to see yourself as you truly are because we have buffers that ease the shock of objective self-analysis.
Regarding lies, it is essential to understand that being truthful with others is not a requirement of this work, but being truthful with oneself is vital. As you begin the art of introspection, you will notice some things about yourself that will make you very uncomfortable. It’s not necessary to confess your observations to anyone else. Still, it is essential to acknowledge them to yourself – to know what you’re really like without any excuses or ‘patching up.’Now, do you remember how we talked about fear of the unknown? Suppose you're feeling a sense of fear now about this exercise of introspection. In that case, it is probably a good place to be because it's challenging to face oneself and say, “Wow, this is actually what I'm like.” it's also a vital step in a personal development journey. We spend most of our lives putting on an act, right? We must so that we are not ridiculed and make ends meet at the very least. You must put on certain acts and make people like you. What do they call it? Perception-management?
However, we need to remember that we don't need perception management with ourselves. We need perception, not perception management of ourselves.