You don't waste your energy in trying to impress people. And seeing how you are always true to yourself makes people more attracted to you.
The last word that anyone would use to describe you is "fake". When you're around people, you're not acting or pretending; you're just being you. Nobody can make you break your morals and force you to do something you don't want to do or be someone you don't want to be. You are genuine and authentic because you're not willing to change for absolutely anyone. And here are the signs for it.
You keep yourself grounded and don't need anyone to put you on a pedestal. And that also makes you see everyone around without judgment and treating them with kindness and respect. "Genuine people treat everyone with respect because they believe they’re no better than anyone else," said the author of the best-selling book Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and co-founder of TalentSmart, Travis Bradberry who wrote for Forbes.
You don't waste your energy in trying to impress people. "Since genuine people aren’t desperate for attention, they don’t try to show off. They know that when they speak in a friendly, confident, and concise manner, people are much more attentive to and interested in what they have to say than if they try to show that they’re important," wrote Bradberry. Seeing how you are always true to yourself makes people more attracted to you.
Sugar-coating your words or giving fake compliments is not something you do. You mean everything you say and don't bother trying to flatter people, and that's why others trust what you have to say. What's more, genuine people "are not shy about sharing their thought-out opinions with others," wrote licensed psychologist and author, Guy Winch, for Psychology Today. It's not that you always want to prove yourself right, but because you don't bend your well-thought opinions to fit other's unreasonable expectations.
You're not driven by material possessions, but by the relationships in your life and you are always ready to offer a helping hand to someone who needs it. Your "priorities tend to center around experiences, being with people, and being present in the moment to enjoy themselves instead of a focus on material things," psychologist Ashley B. Hampton, Ph.D. told Bustle. "Connections with others in a genuine way — not just because they may get something out of the other person — is important."
What makes you authentic is never denying your words and actions. "Individuals that are focused on living an authentic life weigh out their actions and the impact of those actions on others," said Hampton. And if you do make a mistake, you own up to it, take responsibility for your actions, and try to fix the broken situation. Once you commit to someone in your life, you see things through without caring about what people might say if you slip up.
You don't care about being perfect. You care about being you, just the way you are, bearing your strengths and flaws and everything in between. "When someone is willing to take the emotional risk of showing their true self, especially their messy parts, they are taking a risk that they might not be well received," said psychologist, Kate Balestrieri. "Yet they are foraging into the emotional unknown anyway. That courage is bold and a sign that they are being real."
The things you never compromise on are your character and your values. You don't conform when you know something isn't right. Because of your integrity, you're not afraid of going against the herd to uphold what you believe in. Authentic people "know what their character needs and doesn't need," said psychologist, Piper Grant. "Thus they do not agree to do something that they do not want to do, and when they answer 'yes' to something, then it's a true and whole yes."