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THE BENEFITS OF BEING YOUR AUTHENTIC-SELF
“Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.”
– Brene Brown
How does the idea of meeting strangers make you feel?
Does it bring you out in a cold sweat and feel anxious? This could be avoided if you felt really able to be yourself.
Being your authentic-self might feel like a scary proposition but it could mean the difference between happy, feel-good human connections and uncomfortable ones.
We may think, “what if people don’t like me; don’t like how I speak, what I say, how I say it, what I look like or how I dress? Am I intelligent enough, funny enough, interesting enough to know?”
Wouldn’t it be nice to feel completely free to be yourself, without concern for what anyone else may think?
We like to think that the approach that we take at Just Good Company, encouraging people to write about their authentic-selves, will make using our site so much more enjoyable. It should be a relief!
You are not looking to make an impression
or even make a friend; simply to have a good time during an activity, with no end-game. The person who wants to connect with you on that basis, will be the perfect person to share in your outing or activity.
Brene Brown in her conversation with Dr Videk Murphy on the subject of Authenticity, explores the concept of being truly connected to and accepting of yourself to allow real connection with others.
When you are really being yourself you don’t feel drained by interaction. Notice how you feel when you’re in the company of another person. When you are being yourself you won’t feel drained; energy won’t be used up worrying about what that person is thinking about you. You’ll feel good.
When you feel good, you will be good company and help your companion to feel at ease as well. Just be you. It is the best person to be!