How to be yourself and why it matters
By Stephen Joseph
In the past few years there has been an explosion of research pointing to authenticity as the key to fulfilment, vitality and well-being. In this compelling and practical new book, Professor Stephen Joseph shows why being yourself really does matter.
The hunger for authenticity guides us throughout our lives. People strive for joined-up living, where on the one hand what they say and do reflects what they think and feel, and on the other what they think and feel reflects who they are.
Stephen Joseph has pioneered developments in research into authenticity, drawing on the solid science of positive psychology to develop what has become one of the gold-standard tests for assessing authenticity. His and others' findings reveal that when people are in relationships in which they feel accepted, understood and valued, they drop their defences. They naturally begin to examine themselves psychologically, accommodate new information and live more authentically. What's more, the latest studies reveal that it is authenticity that leads to true happiness.
In Authentic, Stephen Joseph presents his fresh and inspiring perspective on the psychology of authenticity alongside practical advice and exercises for the reader. Drawing on the wisdom of existential philosophers, the insights and research of psychologists, and case studies from his own and others' clinical experiences, he shows how authenticity is the foundation of human flourishing - as well as how the ideas relate to debates about the importance of happiness.
Stephen Joseph is a professor of psychology, health and social care at the University of Nottingham, UK, where he is co-director of the Centre for Trauma, Resilience and Growth and an honorary consultant psychologist in psychotherapy. He has published more than two hundred academic papers, seven academic books and is the author of What Doesn't Kill Us (Piatkus). He is often asked to comment in the media on topical events relating to his work.
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01 Sep 2016
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In uncertain times, we need help to navigate back to our true selves. Stephen Joseph's book acts as our compass. — Sian Williams, award-winning journalist and author of Rise: Surviving and Thriving after Trauma
At last, an inspiring book on the important topic of authenticity. Filled with case studies and great exercises, it will support you in your journey towards authenticity. I highly recommend the journey - and this book as your map. — Dr Itai Ivtzan, Senior Lecturer Positive Psychology Programme Leader: MAPP, UEL, London
We were born like a great original and we should not live our life like a bad copy. This fascinating book by Stephen Joseph will help you to understand who you are and advise you on how to live an authentic life. This is a must-read for everybody who wants to live happy and successful life. — Jan Mühlfeit, Global Strategist, Ret. Chairman Europe, Microsoft Corporation
This is a highly engaging book, in which Stephen Joseph demonstrates how being true to ourselves opens the door to flourishing in both a personal and professional sense. In a world where there is pressure to fit in and mask our true nature, it's good to know that authenticity is so closely aligned with well-being and a meaningful life. The book makes a strong connection between humanistic psychology and present-day positive psychology and will be of particular interest to anyone who is in transition. Joseph's message is ultimately a hopeful one - that there is so much more to be gained when we embrace who we truly are. I found myself engrossed in the book - it's one of the best reads in a long time. — Miriam Akhtar MAPP, Positive Psychologist and author of Positive Psychology for Overcoming Depression and What is Post-traumatic Growth?
Too many people live their lives short of their full potential, ignoring that voice inside that tells them they could be happier, could achieve more, that they could be fulfilled. In Authentic, psychologist Stephen Joseph explains how everyone can discover their true self and transform their lives. Joseph combines the stories of real people with scientific research to create a clearly written and powerful tool that can help set readers on the path to a happier, more authentic life. A must-read for anyone who wants to heed the call of that voice inside but isn't sure how or where to start. — Jim Rendon, author of Upside: The New Science of Post-Traumatic Growth