There’s something provocative about being invisible. Acting unseen can release us from the insecurities and social restraints that encourage us to live life tamely. Whether in role-play, quiet observation or imagining the world through someone else’s lens, the power of disguise can give us a heart-pounding rush. What we really hope to gain from this secrecy is freedom. No wonder superheroes wear masks and teen flicks feature so many masquerade proms: Disguises put a space between our person and our persona. (This might also explain the wild abandon we feel at Halloween parties.) This story is from Kinfolk Issue Nineteen Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 46 Community Inc. Can a brand be friends with its fans? Arts & Culture Design The Touch Arumjigi Culture Keepers Foundation Five millennia of Korea’s design history, distilled into a light-filled Seoul headquarters. Arts & Culture Issue 30 No Shame How to refuse humiliation. Arts & Culture Issue 30 Codes of Behavior Can passwords unlock personalities? Arts & Culture Partnerships Issue 29 Phillip K. Smith III How public art can create community and prompt personal reflection. Arts & Culture Issue 29 The Secret Lives of Bookshelves What can our bookshelves reveal about our personalities?