Are you the same on the outside that you are on the inside?
The reality is, however, that beneath my placid exterior is a boiling cauldron of extreme emotion. I have volcanic feelings that I can barely contain. The reason my exterior is so calm is because that's how I keep a lid on my inner psyche. Without that lid, my emotions might blow the roof off. Imagine the ferocity of a Janis Joplin song.
Okay, perhaps I'm exaggerating a little, but you get my point. My external appearance masks what's happening under the hood, which isn't a surprise given how I've had to suppress most of who I am most of my life.
How 'bout you? Are you the same on the outside that you are on the inside?