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.
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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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And dripping, we stand on dry land, the waters of destruction and chaos behind us, the rainbow's promise shining in our eyes, and we hear again our call to be water bearers: to be ourselves, fountains of life, springs of hope, geysers of grace in the deserts of apathy and bitterness and despair that spot the landscapes of life in our world.