Authors: Anisa Marie Ross, SA
Event: 2016 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Book of Proceedings 2016, conference papers, proceedings papers, authenticity, lived experience
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Paper from TheMHS Conference 2016 Book of Proceedings: People. Authenticity Starts in the Heart. The Conference was held in Auckland, New Zealand 23 - 26 August 2016.
“What made you trust me?” asked the psychiatrist. The first answer that came to mind was authenticity. It began with honesty, with genuine open responses in everyday communication that created a foundation of trust. Authenticity underpins all that we do as clinicians and as consumers. It is a mutual responsibility to strive for honest communication. This will be limited by individual skills however genuine endeavour further develops those skills. Patience, an enquiring mind and gentle guidance allowed me to discover what I wanted in my life and to work towards those goals. Sharing thoughts and feelings in a safe space gave me an understanding of common ground and interdependence. I began to feel a connection to others. I learned the value of self-determination as I reached greater emotional stability. Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher, believed. “The impetus to action must arise from the person in question and not be externally imposed.”