What does it mean to live authentically? Being authentic means coming from a genuine place, especially when our actions and words are consistent with our beliefs and values. Living an authentic life can foster greater resilience, self-love, and can lead to a strong feeling of purpose. However, learning to live authentically is a lifelong process and often involves hard work. To achieve authenticity, it is important to both know ourselves and own ourselves*. Listening to your inner voice, discerning the intricacies of your feelings, and trusting your own intuition are vital. Authenticity requires us to be able to overcome our desire to “fit in” and be part of the crowd. The authentic person is not fearless, rather is open to sit in discomfort and vulnerability in order to achieve authenticity. A couple of years ago I wrote a blog about my personal experience with authenticity . I hope you enjoy it.
In our March open psychodrama workshop, Living My Authentic Life, we will explore what it means to live authentically in a fun, experiential group session. The workshop will be held on March 12th at my office located in the Midtown West neighborhood of Manhattan.
All people of all gender identities are welcome. To reserve a spot in the workshop, please purchase a ticket in advance through the below Eventbrite link:
I’m looking forward to working with you!
– Valerie Simon, LCSW, TEP
*Stephen Joseph, Ph.D., Psychology Today