Great article by Rachel Collis on acting authentically – don´t miss it!/Ulrika 🙂
Well, it depends how you define authenticity.
Authenticity can be problematic when we define it as freely expressing our thoughts and feelings. I have made this mistake many times in the past. I believed that it was wrong to hide my true feelings, that it was important for me to be ‘honest’ with others. The problems with this approach were:
- It involved treating my thoughts and feelings as if they were true. I have since come to realise that sometimes they don’t reflect the reality of a situation!
- It meant that my thoughts and feelings had control of my behaviour.
- It meant other people had to deal with my ‘stuff’ – sometimes that was helpful, at others, frankly, it wasn’t.
A better definition of authenticity is when:
- Behaviour, goals and values are aligned.
- Values are freely chosen rather than imposed by others. They feel like an expression of my best self…
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