What does it mean to be authentic?
Many people make the mistake of thinking that being authentic means that they should say what they think and feel.
The problem with this approach is that it treats your thoughts and feelings as absolute truth.
Who are you?
Just sit and think about that question for a moment and see what comes up.
You might say
I’m a professional
I’m a scientist
I’m an engineer
I’m a father
I’m a mother
Since birth, you’ve been answering questions about your identity. When you were young and just learning how to talk, adults asked you: “What do you like?” “What do you want?” “Why did you do that?” “Why do you like that?”
Put simply; you are psychologically flexible when despite unpleasant thoughts, feelings and external distractions you can continue helpful behaviours or change unhelpful behaviours in service of your goals.
Helping you move forward and live your values.
If you are like most people, then you spend a lot of your time trying to change, suppress, avoid, or analyse your internal thoughts and feelings.