The paradox of authenticity is that the individual strives to achieve greater authenticity while being immersed in the outside world, where adaptation to the world can erode authenticity. Then there are the ingrained attachments to a specific culture or social structure, and limits to self-knowledge. This is further complicated by the presence of cognitive illusions and biases, including self-deception, wishful thinking, and the tendency to behave differently under observation.
— B. G. Yacobi explores how authentic we can ever truly be