Originally I had titled this as concerning "being yourself" but it appears this concept is already defined in Philosophy as "Authenticity".
A few specifics to clarify on Authenticity then:
- Does it mean to be what you feel you are by nature (never change), or to be what you would like to be (strive for ideal)?
- Example 1; if you like two things and you like A more than B, but you start to do B more and then start liking B more than A, are you being true to yourself still or forcing yourself to change into something you're not?
- Example 2; if you grew up around certain beliefs that when older you realise are racist for example, and you don't want to be like that so you change yourself to not be racist, does that also mean you are not being true to yourself even though it is for the better?
Is it even realistic to think that you will not be influenced/changed by external factors (people, media etc), thus rendering the whole concept of Authenticity/Being Yourself not really possible in the practical sense?
Similar to the above, if being yourself is also understanding who you are than is it not also at an extreme level pointing out to yourself all the ways in which you are different from everyone else around you and thus always destined to make you an outcast of sorts?
- Example 1: If Person 1 likes A, B & C but hates D & E, and Person 2 likes A, D & E but hates B & C, would becoming friends with Person 2 influence Person 1 over time, or would it make more sense to find someone who also only likes A, B & C?
Happy to provide additional clarification wherever needed.