be oneself

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be oneself

To be in one's most natural, comfortable, sincere, and ingenuous state of mind and being. You should always try to be yourself with those you care about. I told her to just be herself during the interview.

be oneself

1. Act in one's usual fashion; be in one's normal physical or mental state. For example, Peter's finally recovered from the accident and is himself again, or I was completely distracted; I just wasn't myself.
2. Act without pretense; be unaffected, sincere. For example, I really enjoy their company because I can be myself with them.
References in classic literature ?
This moral reflection reminding her of the necessity of being peculiarly smart on the occasion, so as to counterbalance Miss La Creevy, and be herself an effectual set-off and atonement, led Mrs Nickleby into a consultation with her daughter relative to certain ribbons, gloves, and trimmings: which, being a complicated question, and one of paramount importance, soon routed the previous one, and put it to flight.
One of the things that was so good about Cameron in the first one, and why we chose her for this character, is that Fiona had the pretenses of being this glamorous princess but really was this down-to-earth person who just wanted to be herself,'' observes Andrew Adamson, who did directing duty on both ``Shreks.
She skipped her prom, stopped spending time with her old friends, abandoned most of the things that allowed her to be herself.
Yet she frets that her determination to be herself ``means when someone sees me, they automatically think old - even though I am extremely active physically.