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What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic self

Postby KL70 on March 28th, 2018, 4:15 am 

What currently makes you feel confident and empowered to be your most authentic self?
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby BadgerJelly on March 28th, 2018, 4:17 am 

Being wrong and making mistakes.
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby Braininvat on March 28th, 2018, 9:41 am 

OP, what do you mean by authentic self? Do we have more than one self? Are some of them lacking authenticity? Perhaps a look at how the self is defined by philosophers would be a useful starting point.

https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/self-knowledge/
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby Bobcat on April 3rd, 2018, 11:35 am 

mistakes and being inlove with the wrong people
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby Bobcat on April 3rd, 2018, 11:36 am 

lol, i don't know why but that makes me empowered and more productive, just like an cheetah running @ 120 km/h
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby Braininvat on April 3rd, 2018, 3:48 pm 

I don't know why, either. Some might find unrequited love rather depressing.
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby BadgerJelly on April 4th, 2018, 1:48 am 

Braininvat » April 4th, 2018, 3:48 am wrote:I don't know why, either. Some might find unrequited love rather depressing.


Yeah, but if you take the stance of a solipsist you suddenly release the "love" you feel and the person you crave is merely a projection of yourself - so it is initially depressing, but the silver-lining is the appreciation of the feeling and recognition of the selfish factor that creates the fantasy of the ideal "other", which is merely an aspect of your desire for selfhood.

That is the general point of Jungian individuation. It sucks, but if you suck it up then you can learn something extraordinary about yourself and others.
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby Aquinas on April 8th, 2018, 6:20 pm 

For me, it's my belief in personal agency. I can make a conscious effort to go against the grain of whatever I'm participating in, whether that's social norms or laws.

Now, I do follow most of these. But that itself is a choice. Almost all of our laws have some logical grounding that makes them at least somewhat necessary, and thus I choose to. But if I disagree with a law or rule, there is nothing stopping me from breaking it except my own decisions.

And that makes me feel the most empowered.
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby Braininvat on April 8th, 2018, 7:05 pm 

For me, it's a fusion powered exoskeleton and jet pack.

Until that arrives, coffee.
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby jocular on April 8th, 2018, 9:41 pm 

Good question.Getting better after an injury.

I find any illness or pain of any kind tears away at my sense of self (I cope by retreating) and so any recovery is akin to that feeling of "blessed we were to be alive then " which feels very akin to a sense of an "authentic selfness"
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby edy420 on April 24th, 2018, 4:34 am 

Define authentic self.

Is it not, the real you.
The you that makes mistakes and trips and falls.

I think we have no choice but to be who we are, our authentic selves
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Re: What makes you feel empowered to be your most authentic

Postby jocular on April 24th, 2018, 6:28 am 

edy420 » April 24th, 2018, 4:34 am wrote:Define authentic self.

Is it not, the real you.
The you that makes mistakes and trips and falls.

I think we have no choice but to be who we are, our authentic selves

No need for definition (a sidetrack). It is a good question in its own right.

As many definitions as there are circumstances ,I guess....
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