Our desire to be an authentic person comes from our need to be and express who we truly are.
If we’re struggling to be an authentic person, it means we’re not being true to ourselves.
What it Means to Be an Authentic Person
The dictionary defines authentic as, “not false or copied; genuine; real.” It’s also defined as, “representing one’s true nature or beliefs; true to oneself or to the person identified.”
To be an authentic person means to be who we want to be, without pretending to be someone we’re not. This can be challenging because other people influence much of how we live our lives.
Reasons We Struggle to Be Authentic
Commons reasons we aren’t authentic include:
- Wanting to fit in and have others accept us.
- Other people’s expectations on what’s acceptable or not.
- Fear of being judged or ridiculed if we reveal our true selves.
- Lack of self-confidence to express who we really are.
- Not believing it’s safe to be real and true to who we are.
When we’re unable to be ourselves, it affects our mental and emotional well-being, which also affects how we function daily.