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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.
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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.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

be yourˈself

act naturally: Don’t try to act sophisticated — just be yourself.
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"Everybody I talk to tells me to be myself - and don't ever change.
My mom--she tells me to be myself. Sometimes I feel embarrassed about playing with dolls and she always says: "It doesn't matter who you are as long as you like you who are."
Yes, be myself. When I started in business as a woman in a male-dominated industry I emulated men and dressed like men.