Being Yourself, Part 2: Five Benefits to Knowing and Embracing Your Characteristic Likes and Dislikes

Being Yourself, Part 2: Five Benefits to Knowing and Embracing Your Characteristic Likes and Dislikes

It's not always easy being ourselves. Every day, we’re peppered with messages about how we “should be.” Tossed upon a sea of opinions, we sometimes question ourselves or even feel badly about our core characteristics that define who we are on a deep level.

But when we muster our courage and decide to live from our authentic selves, there are some amazing benefits...

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Being Yourself, Part 1: Finding the Courage to be Yourself

Being Yourself, Part 1: Finding the Courage to be Yourself

Have you ever tried—and failed—to change your natural preferences to fit what someone else thought you should be?

When I started my counseling internship years ago, I was preoccupied with learning to dress professionally.

I watched hours of What Not to Wear, and like a marathoner guzzling Gatorade, I gulped down Clinton and Stacy’s advice on how to be fashionable and polished. I learned that bright colors and patterns were compelling; neutrals were boring. Well, I didn't want to be boring...

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