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The Inconvenient Truth about Your "Authentic" Self

When people feel most authentic

Everyone wants to be their true self, not a follower of social expectations.

Most people think authenticity is acting by following your individual set of values and qualities. But research shows that people feel most authentic when they conform to a particular set of socially approved qualities, such as being extroverted, emotionally stable, conscientious, intellectual, and agreeable.

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The Inconvenient Truth about Your "Authentic" Self

The Inconvenient Truth about Your "Authentic" Self

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When people feel most authentic

Everyone wants to be their true self, not a follower of social expectations.

Most people think authenticity is acting by following your individual set of values and qualities. But research shows that people feel most authentic when they conform to a particular set of socially approved qualities, such as being extroverted, emotionally stable, conscientious, intellectual, and agreeable.

Feeling and being authentic

Several studies have shown that people’s feelings of authenticity are often shaped by something other than being true to their unique qualities

Paradoxically, feelings of authenticity seem to be related to a kind of social conformity. The more we conform to social conventions about how a person should act, the more authentic we feel.

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