Authentic self?

Our authentic self is a relational entity.  It is created by us through relationship to others.  “We define our identity always in dialogue with, sometimes in struggle against, the identities our significant others want to recognize in us. And even when we outgrow some of the latter — our parents, for instance — and they disappear from our lives, the conversation with them continues within us as long as we live.” (Taylor, Charles. The Ethics of Authenticity. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1991, p33)  

© Matt Davies 2013