At the deepest level, all “sentient beings” of any complexity lie to themselves constantly; if you don’t, you stop existing in the form that you cherish.
When humans stop lying to themselves about who they are, their “old selves” fall away. Their “souls” fall away.
But they keep “existing’ due to physical brain memory. Their biology anchors them.
But the “energy critters” cannot stop lying, or they cease to exist entirely. They have no biology to keep them going.
This is why “naming a fae” for example is a form of rape/murder to them, unless done perfectly.
If you penetrate their ‘false self image’, they have nothing to fall back to.
Once you know and live a few of these “secrets”, the “spirits” treat you completely differently.
Beings lying to keep existing is a universal.
Kevin Pretty Bear