When I'm thinking about an authentic person I mean you don't wear the masks to fit into this words, you have your own way, you're in peace with all you do and you are in your life.
I might be, but it's one of those things I can't self-diagnose. At any rate, I find 'authentic' is another one of those words that's become an irritating bragging point, a way for people to think they're so much better than everyone else when, in reality, it's a very small triumph. If I am, that's great. If I'm not, it's no skin off my nose.
I strive to be authentic. I'm authentic enough to admit i fail in that task sometimes. I'm authentic enough to stand by my principles and thought systems based on evidence based truth knowing that It will likely cause discord with different minded people.
All my life, I've been told people are drawn to me because I am 'authentic'. I'm not afraid to admit I've made a mistake, feel vulnerable at the moment, or to laugh at myself. I'm far from perfect but, to wear a 'mask' is more work than I care to do. I make it a point to conduct myself so I very rarely have to feel ashamed or guilty but I have still used poor judgment at times. When I realize I've screwed up, I offer sincere apologies. I've never permanently lost a valued friendship or had a bad 'break up'. I'm pretty much at peace 99% of the time.
Yes I'm completely self-contained of course that makes me weird and different and so I don't really hang out with other people a lot I'm self-employed and I own my own home and I have no bills so I live a life that most people can't imagine I only work three to four days a week 4 to 6 hours a day and I do whatever I want whenever I want and however I want I sleep when I'm tired and I wake up when I'm not tired I wear no mask I am who I am
Yeah, I'm pretty authentic; a good 65 or 70% I'd say. Depends a lot on the circumstances. When I'm at home, with familiar people, I'm probably 115% authentic. When I'm in public, my persona seems to downshift to something more socially acceptable. I'm at my most authentic when I'm asleep.
All my masks are also very authentic. Otherwise they would be useless.
But in truth we are all who we want to be when we want to be it. Staying true to your core values is integral but the rest of it is about learning and trying/experiencing everything. At least in my opinion, anything outside my normal activities is requiring you to go outside the box of your current definition of yourself...it is how we grow and improve, no?
Authentic, for the most part, yes. The teaching portion of my job dictates I maintain a decorum that is somewhat politically/(anti-religion) muted but I do stress critical thinking and the need to question (all) assertions.
Outside of work, I speak my mind and often enjoy educating theists.
If you are asking if I wear a mask to conceal who I am and what I believe, No. Although my position alienates most in this part of the world, I don't sugar coat who I am.
Makes me feel like I'm missing something. These seem like 4 different ideas. I may be authentic, but speak differently to different people. I don't address my children like engineers. I have my own way, but it's been far from peaceful. I would also think that it's hard to be alive without being in your life. I don't know. Maybe I woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
How does one define authentic? We do this thing called code-switching where we change our language based upon who we are interacting with. Is someone inauthentic for doing something they can’t help? I like to think of authenticity in the person as being unapologetic for who you are and what you believe. Not sure how others would think about it.