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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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Interactions will be much more positive if students can learn how to be themselves and to be open and attentive to the other person.
It's like one was saying, 'Oh, God, let me go,' and the other was saying, 'Oh, Mister, let me be.' And they were both the same thing in a way; they were both my people's way of praying to be themselves, praying to be let alone so they could be human" (212-13).
They never simply try to be themselves, and if they are hurting, or mad, or glad, act it, feel it.