of undisputed origin and not a copy; genuine.
• (in existentialist philosophy) relating to or denoting an emotionally appropriate, significant, purposive, and responsible mode of human life.
1 the quality of being honest and having strong moral principles.
2 the state of being whole and undivided.
I think of “integrity” as internal experience and “authenticity” as external expression—two halves of the same whole of being.
Neither are fixed states. Both constantly evolve over time—in every moment even.
This applies to everyone.
- How does one settle on a single state or way of being when one has no one fixed state of being and is different in any given moment? Gifted people experience life as Heraclitus of Ephesus so befittingly expressed, “You could not step twice into the same river.”
- How does one feel safe or validated enough to freely express one’s multitudinous self—selves!—in a world where immutable and simplistic are social and cultural norms? As a neurosocial minority, gifted people suffer from a dearth of affirming social modelling.
I think most gifted people know that the answer is to embrace and embody one’s naturally intense, complex, sensitive and fluidly n-dimensional self.
Unfortunately, most gifted people are unconsciously limited and consciously bound by social and cultural constraints.
It doesn’t help that there are few resources or services that provide for and support the gifted search for—much less experience and expression of—integrity and authenticity.
When one grows up confined in a psychological coffin not of one’s making or choosing, liberation is neither simple, easy nor quick.
More than most, I feel, gifted people need a lot of time, safety and support towards exploring and experimenting—playing!—with what integrity and authenticity means, feels and looks like for themselves. However, they need not go it alone.
Intrepid Integrity provides coaching and community for the gifted maverick seeking to learn and practice integrity and authenticity as a way of life.