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We all know poseurs. Poseur is a French word derived from pose and poser and as we all know, it is used to describe someone who adopts a fake or insincere way of presenting himself/herself to others. There are all kinds of poseurs, including many politicians and celebrities, who affect their public image in ways they believe will impress others. In my work as a social psychologist, I encounter many people who are poseurs, including some of my clients and some of my colleagues. It usually doesn’t take me long to evaluate these people and reach the realization that their public persona is merely an act designed to fool others and perhaps, themselves. By way of illustration, I worked, long ago, on a case with an attorney who was referred to by other attorneys as “The Rat.” (I do not intend this post as, in any way, disparaging of rats. Quite the opposite, I appreciate the valuable contributions laboratory rats have made to the field of psychology.) “The Rat” was, when in the courtroom, friendly and sweet natured to the judge and jury; however, when behind closed doors, he was rude, demeaning, and mean spirited to his colleagues, his associates, his staff, and people like me, whom he expected to help him despite his ill temper. The Rat was such an extreme poseur that he was able to change his facial expressions instantaneously, from a scowling and threatening expression when speaking to me, to a bright smile when in the presence of the jury. In contrast to poseurs, I am the type of person who can be described as “what you see is what you get.” I am as genuinely nice, kind, and friendly to strangers and friends; to lower level staff and big shot attorneys; and to people I expect never to see again and family. Think about poseurs, posers, and others who adopt a fake personality as a means of achieving their goals; are they happy with who they really are?