Can someone explain this statement to me?
What do people mean when they say be yourself? I assume those who say it are trying to induce a level of calm into you which falls in line with personality traits that they, as the speaker, most readily associate with you as a person.
But we all know that's bollocks right? Surely a person is not so easily defined as the most commonly appearing traits which others feel they have observed from you?
I suppose the true intent is this idea of natural or inherency; that we all have some tendencies to which we are inclined and therefore we should make use of these instead of trying to be something we're not.....whatever that might be. Also alongside this is the idea of not trying to appeal to others, but that is also a multifaecited point with many flaws and benefits.
But sometimes doing what appears to be natural does us more harm than good, so where does the true judgement lie?