Hyper-pretension will raise your blood pressure. The greater the disparity between our opinions of ourself and reality, the stronger is our prentese.
Pretense is concocted to hide what you don’t like about yourself, and therefore is indicative of low self-esteem.
In our popular culture, pretense prevents truth from seeming true, while fiction, fabrication and fantasy are promoted and applauded. The pretense of faith goes poof in life’s fiery furnace but the presence of the risen Jesus will protect you there and lead you out.
High performance with low opportunity usually receives much less credit than moderate performance with great opportunity.