429 – What You Are

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  1. Anthony
    Anthony

    I never liked the saying “just be yourself” because it is like a tautology, pretty much meaningless. I am who I am. It is impossible for me to be any more or less like myself.
    This saying is especially often used on adolescents who are socially awkward:
    Boy: “How do I talk to girls? I get nervous!”
    Man: “Just be yourself.”
    Boy: “Oh, okay. I’ll just keep nervously staring at them from afar, then.”
    Man: “No, wait, maybe be someone else. Be someone cool?”

    • SYABM
      SYABM

      Alex: Why don’t girls like me? I do all the things everyone says to do, but -
      Bobbie: Clearly you’re really a jerk.
      Alex: But…you don’t know me. I’m just a name on a computer screen. And plenty of jerks still get women.
      Bobbie: Look, it’s obvious you’re a horrible person, and that’s why girls don’t like you.

    • Larkle
      Larkle

      Perhaps it would be better to be your best self then.

  2. Lemmiwinks
    Lemmiwinks

    That’s exectly what I think of that saying. Why be yourself, why seel self-actualization, if your true self might be a complete jerk or total looser or both, like my true self? It’s better to try to be cool and nice; if you are lucky, your true self is nice and cool, otherwise you would be at least likeable, which is much needed for your inner jerk/looser.

  3. OJhat
    OJhat

    this is easily one of my new favorites :D

  4. LauW

    I feel myself closer than Guy than ever x)

  5. TheBartman47
    TheBartman47

    Always be yourself, unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman.

    • Lennier
      Lennier

      This.

  6. phangirl
    phangirl

    Over time, you become what you act like.

    • SrPilha
      SrPilha

      ^that

      Or, in the words of our old pal Aristotle, we are what we repeatedly do.

  7. shadowmoon522
    shadowmoon522

    i’m pretty sure i’d be in prison if i acted like my true self. there would be a lot less idiots in the world though

  8. SYABM
    SYABM

    There’s an old Bill Cosby routine where he’s told that cocaine intensifies one’s personality. He responds, yes, but what if you’re a dick?

  9. Lennier
    Lennier

    Pretty sure Guy would be running the prison within a week.

  10. Knocks
    Knocks

    You’re always being yourself. If you act differently around other people, that’s what you would do as yourself, and therefore you’re still being yourself.