authentic = 'realistic in one's attitudes'

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 23 22:31:32 UTC 2011

A self-improvement author on CNN just now was explaining how to bounce back
from setbacks.  Rule Number One is, "Be authentic."  This was so important
that the words replaced the people on the screen for several moments.  But
it was clear from the discussion that "authentic" meant 'realistic,' or at
least 'candidly truthful with yourself.'  Being "authentic" meant not
assuming that there's something horribly wrong with you personally, "being
humble," etc., etc.

At any rate, not in OED.


"If the truth is half as bad as I think it is, you can't handle the truth."

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