I hope we understand that Authenticity is a crucial factor for us, as a previous article. However, society doesn’t always support Authenticity as it should, and even the definition of authenticity itself was created by society.
People wanted to be authentic because it was something achievable and honorable.
Now, let’s explore the common barriers that prevent us from being our authentic selves, such as societal beliefs and thought processes.
Society’s Limitations on Authenticity: How Some Roles Are More Dominant Than Others?
Every people has a role to play in the structure of society, whether as a rockstar, lover, scientist, artist, or businessperson. These roles help society’s development, but some are more dominant than others, as well as societal rules limit some.
Philosophers, deep thinkers, artistic people, and activists are often suppressed or limited by society, just like authentic individuals. When we use the term “suppressed,” it also means that the person is not being rewarded as they deserve to be. This limitation directly impacts authentic people and their potential.
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Society’s Limitations on Authenticity
Society tends to focus on its own needs and desires, and authentic individuals who can fulfill those desires without conflicting with society’s core roles can become more magnetic, loved, and supported.
However, most authentic people do not fit into society’s norms and rules. If you do fit in and there are no problems with that, you may see benefits such as increased status, love, and support from society (at least increasing the chance of it).
How Can We Measure or Evaluate Our Level of Authenticity?
What Are Some Indicators We Are Being Authentic or Inauthentic?
The true answer is that there is no direct measurement of “authenticity” because it is inherent in all of us.
However, showing authenticity is what sets us apart from others. Are you showing your authentic self to others, or are you living on your terms and belief?
The issue is not the level of authenticity but rather the ability to show it to people and society. Even if you fully embrace society, your level of authenticity may be higher than someone who opposes society and believes they are more “authentic.”
How Can We Differentiate Between a Genuine Desire for Authenticity and a Coping Mechanism to Fit in With Societal Norms?
The first barrier to Authenticity is the belief that being authentic is simply a way to be more charismatic and popular.
While there’s nothing wrong with desiring favor, it may not be a genuine desire for some people. This is a common coping mechanism where people try to manipulate their authenticity to create a false sense of self-esteem.
Authenticity isn’t about running away from society or neglecting our responsibilities as humans. For example, as an authentic person, you cannot say, “I don’t want to drink water anymore!” since this is a basic and primitive need that must be fulfilled for survival.
Authenticity requires understanding our true selves and respecting our biological needs. Most authentic people do not spend their time on observable truths alone.
No matter if society loves you or not, or if you support society or not, it doesn’t matter because “Authenticity” is not about “right” or “wrong,” or “good” or “bad.” Authenticity makes you a more unique personality than others.
How Can Self-discovery Through Music, Dance, Philosophy, or Spiritual Practices Help Individuals Find Their Authenticity and Unique Character?
Yes, philosophy and inner discovery are essential for finding one’s authenticity. The process of inner discovery can take various forms, such as music, dance, or philosophy. It can also involve religious or spiritual practices, meditation, atheism, Taoism, Sufism, or falling in love. Whatever helps one connect with their true self is often a manifestation of their authentic character and core being.
Authentic people tend to have contradictions, which make them unique and unpredictable. One of my favorite quotes on this topic is from the mystic Sufi poet Shams-i Tabrizi:
― Shams-i Tabrizi
“We can only learn and advance with contradictions.
The faithful inside should meet the doubtful. The doubtful should meet the faithful. Human slowly advances and becomes mature when he accepts his contradictions.”
This is a profound insight into human nature, providing a valuable experience for life, thoughts, and paradigms. It also serves as a duality, as the Taoists call it, the “yin-yang” balance.
Anything that helps you “discovers” and become true to yourself contributes to your authenticity.
For example, in “the iceman,” Wim Hof is authentic not just because he can withstand the cold but also because of his way of living and perceiving life.
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I hope the article has helped you to understand authenticity and has given you some perspective on the topic. I strongly recommend you check out my article on this topic for a more detailed version.