The Notion of Authenticity

When searching for your “real self,” it’s important to keep in mind that we all have multiple selves. Which one is real? Scientific American looks at the research that is calling authenticity into question as a concept:

“Perhaps the thorniest issue of them all though is the entire notion of the ‘real self.’ The humanistic psychotherapist Carl Rogers noted that many people who seek psychotherapy are plagued by the question ‘Who am I, really?’ While people spend so much time searching for their real self, the stark reality is that all of the aspects of your mind are part of you. It’s virtually impossible to think of any intentional behavior that does not reflect some genuine part of your psychological make-up, whether it’s your dispositions, attitudes, values, or goals.”

Read more at Scientific American