Authenticity, what does that actually mean?

The Collins dictionary definition says this:

  • It is the quality of being real or genuine, not fake says this:

Positive Psychology is founded on the belief that people want more than an end to suffering. People want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. We have the opportunity to create a science and a profession that not only heals psychological damage but also builds strengths to enable people to achieve the best things in life.

Authentic happiness is really all about ensuring that the things that you do are allowing you to be true to yourself, and are play to your strengths and positive aspects of your life.

Why do we keep beating ourselves up about all of our weaknesses when actually we can work to our strengths?

Authenticity for me is reducing the mask that we wear…

Instead of being a full blown mask, it might be a veil for a while so we have some level of protection against our own vulnerabilities and insecurities, but over time, showing the world and yourself who you really whilst working on a positive psychological level that can reduce the ‘gremlins’ and ‘personal self doubt’ we face.

Do you want to be “the best that you can be by being who you are, working to your strengths, your values and your beliefs”?

There has been significant developments in the science around authenticity and positive psychology over the last few years which have reviewed and developed on other researchers work around values and needs.

Some examples include the famous Maslow Hierarchy of needs. Maslow looks at 5 levels of needs / motivation. These are:


You could also look at Herzberg. He says this…


For me, these theories do condense to a simple question – are you being true to yourself?

Can you look in the mirror and love what you see, and accept what you see as you?

If you can, that is being truly authentic.

If you can take that mirror into your workplace – does the same answer still hold true? Are you working to your strengths?

A couple of great pieces of homework you can do, if you are ready to journey there, the links are below:

Strengths Finder 2.0 – Tom Rath – Find your professional work strengths.

Buy the book on Amazon: – VIA Characteristics survey – get yourself a cup of tea – this shows you your personal strengths. Please note, you will need to register to take the survey.

Once you complete the two, review whether what you are doing on a day to day basis is aligned with your strengths. If not, are you going to be enapay enough to do something about it?

Do you want some help?

Get in touch, and let’s see how we can work together to ensure that you are being your authentic you.

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