Summary of “Don’t Be Fooled by Smoke and Mirrors: 12 Traits of Truly Authentic People”

In a world of increased narcissism and a decreased capacity to effectively read people, how can we discern genuine, authentic people from narcissistic manipulators? Even more, how can we challenge our perceptions and not automatically believe the artificially perfected information that is presented in our newsfeeds?
Authentic people live by a code of values and morals; however, they are more than willing to listen to the opinions of others and are open to learning from their mistakes.
Authentic people wholeheartedly accept other people for who they are.
In general, authentic people exude a genuine presence that puts others at ease, leading people to naturally gravitate toward them.
Authentic people find that having meaningful experiences and strong bonds with others make life worth living.
Authentic people live by the old adage, “You are the average of the five closest people you surround yourself with.” Instead of hanging around others who are disingenuous, authentic people choose to surround themselves with people who share the same values and morals that they do.
Authentic people do not make decisions based on their egos and do not need admiration from others in order to feel good about themselves.
Authentic people live by their values, are consistent, and do not need other’s approval to feel good about themselves.

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