"in other words, the general human problem raised by the play is the problem of the "false self" (winnicott's term) with which we so often mask our real, childlike selves. all human beings have this problem to some degree, wanting to hide from the gaze of those who see our vulnerability too clearly (although it is also seductive to be so seen). for some people, however, the problem is more agonizing than for others, because some people have become so invested in being competent and in control that they have not attended to their inner selves or cultivated the emotional and receptive parts of their personalities. the result is that the true self, the one within, remains in an infantile condition, and the controlling adult has little conscious access to it. when it is seen and addressed, it can be a terrifying experience."