From a very early age, we learn not to be ourselves, and this is a function of the sinful human construct of the ego. We convince ourselves that joy will come only when we become like someone else, only when we receive the applause of the crowd, only when we live up to the expectations of our group, family, or society.
This causes that terrible cramping of the soul which is pride, the deadliest of the deadly sins. -Bishop Barren
This was in my reading today. I think it should speak clearly to any who read it