Millions of people in Britain admit their own partner doesn't know 'the real them'.
A study of 2,000 adults found two thirds of people in Britain believe nobody knows their true personality - with one in 10 even feeling this way about their other half.
And almost a fifth believe even their best friends don’t know the ‘real’ them.
A tenth even admitted to feeling as if they don’t have anyone at all in their life that truly understands their personality.
The study, commissioned by PizzaExpress, also revealed two thirds feel that getting together to share a meal with loved ones helps others to see who they really are, as well as during celebratory events such as birthdays or Christmas.
Amanda Royston, from PizzaExpress, said: “These statistics are deeply saddening and, in the current social and political climate, the need for community cohesion and supporting those around you is even greater.
“This could be a friend, a work colleague, a family member or neighbour.”
The poll also found social media has enabled 22 per cent to be something close to who they really are - by giving them the platform to connect and express themselves more freely.
It also emerged those polled have an average 10 friends - but only two who they feel they can show the real them.
The personality traits which are most commonly suppressed include their worries (45 per cent), their frustrations (40 per cent) and sadness at particular events (33 per cent).
Adults polled, via OnePoll, also hold back when it comes to their sense of humour (14 per cent), their loving side (13 per cent) and feelings of jealousy (15 per cent).
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