Bien dans Sa Peau: French Expression Explained

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The French expression Bien dans sa peau (pronounced [byeh(n) da(n) sa po]) literally translates to "well in one's skin" and is used to mean content, comfortable, or at ease with oneself. Its register is normal.

Explanation and Examples

The French expression bien dans sa peau can be used with être or se sentir and with different subjects and possessive adjectives: je suis bien dans ma peau, es-tu bien dans ta peau ?, etc. It can also be comparative: être / se sentir mieux dans sa peau (to be more content, feel more comfortable with oneself).

But bien dans sa peau is most commonly used in the negative to refer to any sort of teenage angst, depression, or general dissatisfaction with who one is:

  • ne pas être bien dans sa peau
  • être mal dans sa peau
  • ne pas se sentir bien dans sa peau
  • se sentir mal dans sa peau

You may like the expression bien dans sa peau, particularly in the negative, because a feeling of awkwardness or dissatisfaction can make it seem like one's skin doesn't fit right. No English equivalent really does it justice.

Depuis que son père est parti, mon fils n'est pas bien dans sa peau.

Since his father left, my son hasn't been comfortable with himself / has been troubled.

Je ne sais pas pourquoi, mais je suis mal dans ma peau ce matin.

I don't know why, I just don't feel like myself this morning.

Nous ne nous sentons jamais bien dans notre peau.

We never feel at ease with ourselves.


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