Millions of Brits admit not even their own partner knows the “real them” and truly understands their personality.
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.
A study of 2,000 adults found two thirds of Brits believe nobody knows their true personality – with one in 10 even feeling this way about their other half.
Those polled said they have on average 10 friends – but only two who they feel they can show the real them.
And almost a fifth told pollsters at PizzaExpress they believe even their best friends don’t know the ‘real’ them.
A tenth even admitted they don’t have anyone at all in their life that truly understands their personality.
Two thirds of respondents said they 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 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).
The research findings prompted the pizza-maker, to commission an emotive film to ask the powerful question: ‘Who really knows you?’, which can be viewed at https://www.pizzaexpress.com/christmas