Reflecting who we are

Human beings can be sometimes said to be like Chameleons. We adapt to our environment and the people around use. We sometimes adapt our personalities or highlight or even hide some parts of our personality depending on who we are around. This is more than acting professionally around work colleagues and letting your hair down with friends. This is reading an environment and, in some cases, reading another person’s body language and behaviour and adjusting how you conduct yourself and act accordingly.

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Chameleons change the colour of their skin based on their surrounding and also based on their mode and as a result of their environmental surroundings and temperature by adjusting the spaces between the crystals in the layer of pigments underneath the surface of their skin. The light reflecting off the skin is the changed due to the way the wavelengths of light are altered when the spaces between the crystals are either increased or decreased.

Much like Chameleon we too change our colours to suit our mood, environment and temperature. These colours can be literal in terms of the materials and colours that we wear on our skin and also a metaphor for the way in which we conduct ourselves.

In terms of clothing we adjust what we wear both in terms of style and colours when we go work, are out for an evening meal with a loved one, out for an evening with friends perhaps wearing Farah Shirts like those found at https://www.ejmenswear.com/men/farah, or if attending a special event such as a wedding. Again, these may alter dependent upon our social situation and social standing and whether we are in a relationship or not. Much like the Chameleon changing its colour when it is looking to attract a mate or camouflaging itself to hide from a predator or unwanted visitor. Unfortunately, we humans have no such ability to blend into the background if we have an unwanted visit from Aunt Enid or if we are trying to hide away from our boss because we forgot to complete an important assignment.

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Other traits of a Chameleon that would be useful for us humans also include the ability for them in use their eyes independent of one another and they can provide a 360 degree view. I can think of several occasions where this might come in handy. Particularly if you are trying to keep an eye out (no pun intend) for the dreaded Aunt Enid at the family Christmas party.

I’m not sure that the scaly skin and rolled up tongue is something that any of us would find useful or appealing though!