Live a Life of Authenticity: 5 Ways to Build Authenticity-Based Friendships


 The models for relationships that exist in our culture are inherently imbalanced and inauthentic, characterized by antagonism, defensiveness, manipulation and the lack of connections.


Authentic people have an ability to make connections with other people. Authenticity adds a new depth to social relations. By creating the ability to let go of emotional baggage and being open and honest in your personal conversations, you will be able to communicate to the core of another person. Often a mutual authenticity relationship is created. If you feel attractive because you are being authentic, other people can sense that and will want to connect to you, since they become authentically engaged with the attractiveness of your True Self.


A genuine style of communication makes it much easier to make new friends and deepen existing relationships by a willingness to share. Studies have also shown that authentic people find it easier to let go of distractions and focus intently on conversations, because they are genuinely interested in what the other person has to say.


5  Ways to Build Authenticity-Based Friendships


  •  Realize that true friends are honest with each


  • Be open, since it makes it much easier for you to make new friends and deepen existing relationships.


  • Be truthful in your


  • View and treat genuine friendships as true gifts.


  • Practice empathy by genuinely trying to put yourself in the “shoes of others.”


Action Steps:

A way to develop an authenticity-based friendship is by establishing a social dyad, and meeting a friend on a weekly basis. One person shares for a designated period of time, while the other person listens without any interruptions. At the end of the allotted time, the person who has been listening is free to comment. The speaker/listener roles are then reversed.


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