to be yourself

Idiom Definition 1

Idiom Definition - be yourself

"to be yourself"

to act or behave in your usual way;

to be in your normal physical or mental state


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Idiom Definition 2

Idiom Definition - be yourself

"to be yourself"

to act without pretense;

to be unaffected, sincere or ingenuous


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Idiom Scenario 1

Idiom Definition - be yourself

Two colleagues are talking ...

Colleague 1:  What happened in the negotiation meeting? Normally Brad would have closed the deal no problem.

Colleague 2:  Brad hasn't been himself for weeks. He's been late to work and most days looks disheveled and unkempt. He is usually very sharp and focused. I think he must have a lot on his mind.

Colleague 1:  His child has been quite ill recently and I am sure that is what is distracting him.

Colleague 2:  Let's hope he returns to his usual self soon.

Idiom Scenario 2

Idiom Definition - be yourself

A couple are talking ...

Wife:  It is going to be great to have a nice dinner party with our best friends.

Husband:  I agree. We both have jobs where we always have to be so very careful with our behavior and attitudes. It is almost like when we go to work, we need to be actors in order to get a sale or negotiate a deal.

Wife:  We will both enjoy just being ourselves at the party.

Husband:  It will be relief to just say what is on our minds without worry about making a mistake or being judged.

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to be yourself - Gerund Form:

Being yourself is generally a good beginning for a frank and open discussion.

to be yourself - Examples:

1)  Be authentic. Be yourself, say the first thing that comes to mind and enjoy it.

2)  Her advice to anyone going on stage on Saturday night is to "be yourself", and "be real".

3)  It's okay to be yourself, even if you happen to exist in a fat body.

4)  ... ever let another person ever make you feel otherwise. Continue to be yourself no matter what negativity may come your way.

5)  ... like with everything, you learn to be yourself. People see through the pretence.

6)  ... and be somewhere where I can be free and be myself, have a job, live like ordinary people.

7)  Being myself makes me happy. I just like to be myself and whatever makes me feel good, I want to do it.

8)  I learnt to always be myself and not to fake anything about my life.

9)  I'm going to have to let my guard down, be myself and just try and forget about the cameras.

10)  I was too ashamed to be myself - not because of my culture and identity, but because of how I looked.

11)  Having the courage to be vulnerable as a manager, the courage to be himself and accountable, even in the wrong, is the cornerstone of inspiring leadership.

12)  ... it was "too scripted" for him and didn't allow him to be himself.

13)  ... was the part that gave him permission to simply be himself.

14)  Eastman's main focus in life was to be himself, Black to the fullest, a musician to the fullest, a homosexual ...

15)  Let your husband be himself and love him for his quirky attributes.

16)  ... says she rarely feels she is able to be herself within fashion circles. 

17)  My advice to her is to just be herself and not to worry about what other people think.

18)  ... the kind of freedom to be herself that she's never enjoyed before -- with him she can be her true self.

19)  She was outspoken, unafraid to be herself or stand her ground, and despite being treated disgustingly by ...

20)  ... succeeds by doing something which no one in this industry does, which is be herself.