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20 Signs you are living a Fake Life

In a world where ‘extraordinary’ is chased and ‘basic’ is left behind hanging, most of us are finding it difficult to get along. Or better, to find a balance. Work/academic stress, family problems, societal standards, everything is driving us to the verge each day. However, not losing onself in an attempt to fit in, is what decides the direction of our lifeboat. 

While some of us are striving to keep things real, a section of us have got obsessed to the reel. Living a life trying to be someone else is nothing, but being fake. It is as if we are building a ladder of lies, filling each rung with inauthenticity. 

20 Signs you are living a fake life:

1. Always too busy

You seem to be always on the run. There is no ‘me-time’ or time for personal reflection. Even self-care activities start seeming uninteresting to dedicate time to. You fail to live life in it’s original essence and just push through or survive.

2. Money is the crux of life

No, I am not saying money is unimportant. It most definitely is. Materialistic pleasures such as, lavish dinners, or shopping can help you relieve stress for a limited period. But, what next? If you stop celebrating the little joys of life and start feeling that happiness can be bought or purchased, you have failed to experience joy in simplicity & expect to cover them with extravagance.

3. Is the health really okay?

There are so many physical therapies and technology to make you de-stress. Be it massages, therapeutic devices, health supplements, etc. But even after spending in all those, your health might be ailing. When you feel the need for an external stimuli to make you feel okay, you can’t always be okay. You are dependent on a certain object or activity; the absence of which, could cause you trouble. 

4. Gratitude? What is that?

Instead of being grateful for the number of blessings you could count on, you are always engaged in comparisons, dissatisfied with what you have and dissappointed over how others are doing better. You always feel something is missing and things are never complete for you. 

5. Seeking approval is your key:

Guess what is the lock? ‘Social desirability’. It is nothing but trying or wanting to portray oneself as socially acceptable or favourable in certain conditions. You feel the urge to always be in the good light. You want people to listen and feel for you. Things go upside down, if you are not getting enough attention.

6. Looking down on others

You start feeling others are inferior to you and hence you filter through people as for who deserves your friendship. You feel jealous on somebody else’s success and often end up picking faults on them.

7. Critics, please stay away!

 If anything changes a bit from the image you have created for yourself, the hell breaks loose for you. You cannot stand criticism, howmuchever constructive it may be or from whoever it comes from. You are always defending yourself for slightest of negative feedback (Patel, 2018)

8. The Judge

Although you hate being criticised, you are more than happy to be on the other side. You judge others very easily and can come across as mean or rude often. 

9. Inconsistency is your middle name

Since you always want to be on the spotlight, you juggle with a lot of things. You assume responsibility for more than what you can offer. This can lead to missing deadlines, as you would be too busy micromanaging everything around (Patel, 2018).

10. The ‘urge’ to stand-out

You might feel the need to stand out in a crowd and to achieve that goal you might end up doing things against your underlying personality. For instance, seeking attention, trying to be more convincing, boasting about self or related ones, etc.

11. Letting your passion go

You can’t endure through challenges, you might let go off your passions or things you strongly feel about if things get difficult. The excuse mostly is that, ‘it is impractical’ or ‘unachievable’. When you stop striving for the things you love, you are not being true to self. 

12. “What would they think?”

If this is the slogan of your life, you might not be living your life to the fullest. If you are always looking for ways to impress others, you might end up feeling dissatisfied and upset. The first step to a happy life is contentment and if that is missing, you are missing on life.

13. Escapism

You feel the need to escape elsewhere and never comeback. Phrases like, “I just want to vanish”, “I would like to leave everything back in this life and start new”, etc. are frequently used. Milder examples of these could be, eagerly waiting for a break/ vacation quite repeatedly.

14. Image

You might feel upset if things don’t go your way. Your opinions may differ timely, so as to maintain your image according to situation.

15. Superficial relationships

You might have a bigger circle of friends, but you do not feel attached or connected to anyone. People just exist in your life and there is no value added by any relation in your life.

16. If you are iron, power is your magnet

You find yourself most attracted to people of power or authority. While casual inspiration is okay, you might rather become obsessed. Afterall, powerful people are the easiest route to the top, isn’t it? 

17. People pleaser

You feel everything related to you has to appear pleasing to others. Therefore, you always present a polished version of everything to others. This leads to a gap between who you really are, and who you present yourself to be.

18. Never accessible

You might be selectively available, i.e., when and where it is convenient for you. You might not want to be available when someone genuinely needs you. You may tend to bail out or leave them hanging at the last minute. You cannot even think missing something of your own for others (Brown, 2020).

19. A halo of confusion 

 You are never sure about what you have to do. You cannot make decisions on your own. You do not have set goals or plans, but you fantasize a successful future. Therefore, your goals may fail to transform into reality.

20. Hollow words

You tend to give a lot of promises, but always fail to fulfill any of them. Basically, you are full of words, without any action. 

Oops! What now? 

There are high chances some of you resonated with a few points. Do not fret. All of us have phases where we learn through, and this is one of them. Fakeness creeps in when you feel, you are going to be judged for what you are. 

To lead a more authentic life-

  • Build confidence. 
  • Maintain a gratitude journal. 
  • Be unapologetic for having a different world view. 
  • Put your self-doubts to sleep.

A dimension of social media has convinced us that ordinary is deficient and flamboyance is satisfying. Don’t let others decide your worth and influence your preferences. Your mediocre could be someone’s exceptional, and someone’s exceptional would be your negligible. As far as you are content, nothing else should matter.

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Great post! In a era of social media, we forget how important it is to live your own life and do what you are happy, not just your followers or friends on social media. In the run to be more sociall accepted, people often chase the wrong things

Simone Morarka

Such an interesting read, Aathira!!

Simone Morarka

Well done! Looking forward to more of your work!!

Riya Rajkotiya

Amazing Article

Simran Rai

Worth reading!!

Yashaswini Bhat

this article is beautifully written. Thanks for throwing light on this topic.

Kritika Bhair

must read!!!!!
good luck

Harshita Kulkarni

Great post. I can agree that I am almost living my life fake and not living for myself

Harshita Kulkarni

it did and also I am implementing on it too thank you so much


Felt so good after going through your work, balance, and belief is very vital. People should feel less pressured about stuff which don’t need to be bothered much about.

Sukrutha Mudhol

Not a single point missed! Flaws, failures, downs, dark times are normal. It needs to be accepted just like the good times.
impressed that you listed these in a short but crisp way.


The article beautifully unfolds the reality of the current time when everybody has a desire to stand out but often fail to recognize the problems that accompany. Very well written.

Jigyasa vashistha

this is such a wonderful article!! thanks for writing 🙂

Jigyasa vashistha


Chestha Dengri

I love this article so much ! It’s really helpful!


It’s really nice and I think this article helped me in some terms and it might help more people as I genuinely think that it’s really helpful for other people also ♥️keep up the good work

Khushi Garg

Damn, this post is so so good…I need to rethink on a few areas of my life it seems, thanks for bringing my attention to them

Ishita Saha

It’s really well written and informative. Thank you for writing this.

Kavya Gopal

Great read, very relevant.

Caren Mascarenhas

A extremely relevant topic in today’s world! Great job on the article. Some people dont even realize how much they are missing out in life only because they want to ‘stand out’. Well written points. Hope this helps people to finally let go and do what they actually want to. All the best for your future endeavors

Prachi Piryani

wow. this is so good and so accurate. GEN-Z is so busy living a life that others like and not they themselves. Social acceptance has become more important than self acceptance. very well written.

Rithika Belamkar

This is indeed a truly nice and inportant stuff to go through. Great job!


Amazing!! Thanks for sharing such a beautiful article.


very informative! thanks a lot!



Prerna Dash

Great article. I enjoyed reading it.

Aashima Kathpalia

the most awaited topic an individual need in life .. great work , explained beautifully !!!

Diya Rao Jaini

great read!

Yuvanue chauhan

Lovly written and great work

Krutika Popat

Nicely written!

Sree rekha k zenith

Interesting topic

Sree rekha k zenith

Good work

Jigyasa vashistha

Thanks alot. Sending you positive vibes✨❤

Aleesha Joykutty

Awesome read ❤️

Nidhi Dahiya

Worth reading! Keep writing

Nikita Sarma

The article is very beautifully written. In today’s world, I guess most of us are living in a fake way, intentionally or unintentionally. I would like to suggest that you could add few points on how we can recognise that we’re living a fake life. Or how we can talk to a person and make them believe that they are living in a fake world and that they should be more authentic, without belittling them or offending them?
Also a conclusion would make this article even better. Anyway, this article is very interesting to read!

Shraddha S. Kambli

Great content, very well written. Keep it up. All the best

Riswana A

It’s so amazing Aathira… our upcoming generation need to learn this amazing keep it up

Jaspreet kaur

I liked it so much..thank you for this article ✌❤️

Janhavi Shrivastava

A very well written article! Interesting how you’ve turned it into a Listicle! Many things you’ve mentioned are very relatable, and things that should be addressed more often!

Cheers! 🙂

Ayeman Qamri

Loved it, it was a quite an engaging article. Keep on writing

Shruti Shashidharan

This is such an insightful and eye opening article. Really enjoyed every bit of it and helped me reflect as well. Very apt for this generation. Great work!!

Thamina begum

Well written article and enlightening one. Keep doing more. All the best.

Anahita Sharma

In a world of social media, where everyone puts on a fake persona to impress others, this article really shines light on the core of the problem. With the bullet-point format, you have explained each point well, in a writing style that is easily understandable to all. Maybe adding references can help your information being more credible. Good job!

Radhika Saini

Wonderful article! This is today’s sad truth.


What did I just read? This was fabulous. Through this article you have shown us the reality of life. A life that is filled with fakeness.everybody in this world desires to be the best, wants to be loved, wants to be succesful but no one can see that happening to someone else. This makes you empty from the inside. This makes you feel restless all the time. You fail to realize that real happiness lies within you. It’s all in your head.
Thank you so much for writing this. Your sentence formation, tone, phrases, everything was just PERFECT!
I feel you should also add some real life incidents. Or explain your points using some examples. But this was just toooooo amazing.
Loved it

Divya Chopade

This article is a must read keeping in mind the social media age ! Kiddos to you for bringing this topic up. Thank you ❤️


well written.

Radhika Saini

Great one!

Radhika Saini

Loved it!

Radhika Saini

Keep writing!

Radhika Saini