Authentic: How to be yourself and why it matters

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Little, Brown Book Group, Sep 1, 2016 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages

The hunger for authenticity guides us throughout our lives. People strive for joined-up living, where on the one hand what they say and do reflects what they think and feel, and on the other what they think and feel reflects who they are.

Stephen Joseph has pioneered developments in research into authenticity, drawing on the solid science of positive psychology to develop what has become one of the gold-standard tests for assessing authenticity. His and others' findings reveal that when people are in relationships in which they feel accepted, understood and valued, they drop their defences. They naturally begin to examine themselves psychologically, accommodate new information and live more authentically. What's more, the latest studies reveal that it is authenticity that leads to true happiness.

In Authentic, Stephen Joseph presents his fresh and inspiring perspective on the psychology of authenticity alongside practical advice and exercises for the reader. Drawing on the wisdom of existential philosophers, the insights and research of psychologists, and case studies from his own and others' clinical experiences, he shows how authenticity is the foundation of human flourishing - as well as how the ideas relate to debates about the importance of happiness.

 

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Contents

Advance praise for Authentic Copyright About the Author Acknowledgements
To Thine Own Self Be True
The Authenticity Formula
How To Be Yourself
We Are Born to Be Ourselves
How We Become Derailed From Being Ourselves
Learn to Listen to Your Own Inner Voice of Wisdom
Spot Your Defences
Step 1 Know Yourself
Step 2 Own Yourself
Step 3 Be Yourself
Authentic Living in the 21st Century
Nurture Authenticity in Your Children
Overcome Toxic Workplaces and Develop Leadership Through Authenticity
Nurture Authentic Relationships
Conclusion

Why Authenticity Matters
The Flourishing Life
The Authenticity Scale
Three Steps Towards Authenticity 30 Practical Exercises to
How Happy Are You?
Index
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About the author (2016)

Stephen Joseph is a professor of psychology, health and social care at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he is co-director of the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth and an honorary consultant psychologist in psychotherapy. He has published more than two hundred academic papers, seven academic books and is the author of What Doesn't Kill Us (Piatkus). He is often asked to comment in the media on topical events relating to his work.

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