Merriam-Webster defines a Chameleon as “any of various lizards that can vary the color of their skin” and “a person who easily or frequently changes attitude or purpose.” I would like to emphasize the latter definition. There are many people who change their behavior, attitude and even physical appearances to fit in or be accepted socially.
Our parents used the old idiom “keeping up with the Joneses” when referring to buying material goods or doing things to be like others. Often times what is being done or purchased is not consistent with a person’s true character and identity.
Starting in early childhood peer pressure occurs to shape and mold people in to images contrary to their true self. Life’s pressures are designed to help change people from “coil” to “diamonds.” However, peer pressure is designed to change a person into a cubic zirconium. Becoming a cubic zirconium is to be an imitation and fraction of your true value and self worth.
Is your “shine” real and long lasting?
Has childhood peer pressures created adult Chameleons?