Some of us were conditioned to become invisible so as not to be rejected... to make our presence (which we perceive to be a burden) easier on those around us. We think that we will die if we aren't accepted and therefore we hide our true selves to stay alive. It's literally a matter of life and death for a child to be accepted. If a child is not loved, the child will die--that means any measure must be taken to get love, even an ounce of it, to keep growing up. We sacrifice our existence so as not to lose the love of others. That child never really grows up, but stays inside, stays invisible, hiding the truth of who we are from anyone who may not approve and may not love us. What we don't realize, and what we have to teach our inner child is that WE WILL NOT DIE. We are big people now and we have the resources we need to take care of ourselves in the event we are rejected. We have the power we need to speak our minds and live our truth--we must only realize this.
Becoming invisible is also a way to manipulate people to love you. It's not noble as it may seem on first glance. It's actually manipulation. It says, "I know you won't like who I really am so I'm going to pretend to be someone I'm not so that you'll like me." Eventually you'll get tired of the charade and lash out in anger. It's inevitable. You're not really invisible, you're just pretending to be invisible to manipulate others into accepting that which you do not accept yourself: YOU.
Becoming a person is an inside job. You have what it takes to come to life, to live your truth and to express yourself without shame and without holding back. Start practicing today. Say no more often to what you don't want, express your truth, don't go along with others just to make them happy. Learn to listen to your heart and be who you really are. It's worth it!!!