a. According to Yoshino covering is “to tone down a disfavored identity to fit into the mainstream.” I believe this means not showing parts of your identity that would be considered annoying or would put you in a bad light. In my experience I have being “covering” being loud or outgoing because it can be seen as annoying and unfavorable by other people.
b. Winnicott states that “The True Self is the self that gives an individual the feeling of being real, which is “more than existing; it is finding a way to exist as oneself, and to relate to objects as oneself, and to have a self to retreat for relaxation.” He further explains that the False Self protects your True Self by conforming the False Self to what is expected by “environmental demands.” The False Self’s one positive function is to protect the True Self. “Winnicott believes both selves will exist even in the healthy individual.” He thinks the False Self is eventually only used as a “polite and mannered social attitude” so that the True Self can be recognized.