Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    FAQ    Contact    HubGarden    Login

The Importance of Authenticity

by jussiecatwriter (follow)
Values (50)      Authenticity (13)      Being Yourself (9)      Integrity (7)     


sign saying integrity
Authenticity not only is necessary for true life satisfaction but also having integrity: What you see is what you get.

Authenticity or being true to yourself is sometimes difficult. We are often swayed by the desire for others’ approval or to fit in. Many still live a life of trying to be what their parents dreamed for them, albeit mostly unconsciously. Sometimes we try to make ourselves how we think we should be, ignoring traits that make us uniquely us.

However, not being true to yourself, or, not having your behaviour a reflection of your values, beliefs and desires can create a dimming of consciousness or your true self. If trying to please others is your only goal you can never be yourself. However, it creates a degree of unconscious anxiety when we behave in ways that our dissonant to our true attitudes. This is known as cognitive dissonance. To deal with the anxiety, we either change our behaviour so they’re in accordance with our attitudes, or tell ourselves our behaviour is a reflection of our attitudes. Thus, we believe our actions are who we really are. Thus, if we keep surrendering our core values, we may be being inauthentic, and not even be aware of it!

I am not referring to the normal sacrifices that entail any healthy give-and-take relationship. I am referring to the surrendering of ourselves to a degree that self-fulfillment of any real kind is not really attainable. If we are aware that we are being inauthentic, we can grow resentful and bitter, feeling that we aren’t doing what we want to do. However, of course, it is in our hands to live according to our values. We are not puppets but can allow ourselves to become so of our own doing. However, this is understandable. We need to face the reality that people may not approve of us or our clothes or actions all of the time.However, in any real relationship a withholding of approval does not mean that we aren’t liked anymore. If anything, when we are strong enough to be authentic, others often respect us more.

We also like ourselves more when we are authentic. Studies show that self-esteem is greatest when we act in line with our values, and, conversely suffers the most when we behave in ways that don’t reflect them. We are more satisfied with our lives,
enjoy being able to have integrity. We come across as being genuine. We are consistent in our actions.

We are more satisfied with our lives,
enjoy being able to have integrity. Shakespeare said “to thine own self be true, and you cannot be false to any other man”. Integrity is a sense of being unified and whole, but first, we must not only know ourselves, but we must be ourselves.

Image courtesy of 123rf.com

# Authenticity
# Being Yourself
# Integrity
# Values
I like this Article - 5
More Articles by jussiecatwriter
I am the first one to admit that at the end of the day, when I am all curled up on the sofa watc...
270 views
If we were to start eating one particular food and nothing else, we would risk the consequences ...
153 views
With life often rushing by so that that time seems almost blurred with how fast the days seem to...
92 views
%%Overcoming bad habits: breaking the chain that binds you
147 views
I think I am a “Winter Person” – I love the fact that, for example, even in the middle of the da...
92 views
It seems that life is a series of lessons
95 views
view all articles by jussiecatwriter
Articles by jussiecatwriter on Other Hubs
The bond that grows between human and pet over the time when we are introduced can be attested to by...
3 likes
For all of us, we have one thing in common – we all love our pets
5 likes
You may have seen the logo or statements that certain products are not tested on animals- but do y...
5 likes
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 8137
[ Submit a Comment ]
Glad you liked it :)

I agree. Living an authentic life is the way to go.
Enjoyed your article, thank you :)
Trending Articles
In this day and age, many people hire professional escorts because they what to try something ne...
9594 views
People generally don’t want to feel sad or have their feelings hurt
2205 views
You don’t have to be rich to make money, you just have to be practical
3069 views
Authenticity not only is necessary for true life satisfaction but also having integrity: What you s...
3814 views
Why bother with friends? Anyone who has ever had a fight with, been hurt by or simply gotten ...
by Mia
720 views
I wonder why one of our favourite invitations or goodbye salutations is “We must catch up for...
3698 views
Understanding the way other people think and feel is a challenge, especially when their ideas an...
1327 views
7 Unusual Things that Make People Happy You know the typical things that you make you happy,...
136 views
Money gives us all more choices in life, and is a tool to serve other people
2141 views
A graceful life is living a conscious life
403 views
Categories
Featured on Other Hubs
 
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version