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We achieve authenticity when our actions align with our personal beliefs and values. And a lack of agreement with these two aspects of our lives normally produces a negative emotional response in us. This phenomenon leads us to recognize the concept of the true or authentic self.

We remember the times when we functioned as our authentic self, don’t we? When we honestly presented the attributes of our true nature to others, we felt validated. We also recall those instances when we acted inauthentically and, subsequently, felt at odds with the truth of our inner being.

We can usually identify when we present our truth, versus a falsehood, to others. We understand the difference between behaviors that express the essence of our true self and those that cause us to feel phony. If we state our true opinions and say what we really think, we divulge who we truly are inside. We betray ourselves, however, if we only say what we think others want to hear.

Research finds considerable connection between authenticity and wellness. Thus, maintaining authenticity is certainly a worthy goal for us to strive for in our lives.