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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.)

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This story is from Kinfolk Issue Nineteen

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