Authentic Living: The Psychology of Authenticity

A comprehensive guide to an authentic life.
3.0 (4 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a
course's star rating by considering a number of different factors
such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the
likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
801 students enrolled
92% off
Take This Course
  • Lectures 56
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
  • Includes Lifetime access
    30 day money back guarantee!
    Available on iOS and Android
    Certificate of Completion
Wishlisted Wishlist

How taking a course works


Find online courses made by experts from around the world.


Take your courses with you and learn anywhere, anytime.


Learn and practice real-world skills and achieve your goals.

About This Course

Published 2/2015 English

Course Description

“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” - Joseph Campbell

This course distills research from psychology into lessons and steps that you can take to live more authentically.

Start living your own life

·Get in touch with your true self

·See the world without distortions and biases

·Build authentic relationships with your partner, friends and family

·Discover what it takes to live authentically

·Become who you really are

Get a full-fledged authenticity course that covers every single factor that will contribute to a life that’s true to yourself.

Being ourselves is at the heart of a fulfilled life. Authenticity plays a major role in fulfilled relationships, a life of passion and honesty as well as self-confidence. People who are able to express themselves authentically, are among the happiest and also most successful people in the world. In this course, you’ll learn how to live your life authentically – based on the scientific research on authenticity.

At the beginning, we’ll briefly cover the What? and Why? of authenticity before we learn which factors contribute to an authentic life. Then we’ll set the basis for living authentically: getting in touch with our true selves. Next we will build on this understanding of our true selves and take all the necessary steps that will lead us to a more authentic life. Throughout the whole course, you’ll get activities, worksheets and more additional material that will lead you through the exact steps.

One more thing: You have a totally unconditional money back guarantee. It allows you to study the course for 30 days and if you are in any way unhappy with it, you will get a full refund, no questions asked! Enrolling in the course is absolutely risk free.

Click the "Take This Course" button now and enroll!

What are the requirements?

  • All materials and worksheets will be provided so no additional information is needed prior to starting this course.
  • Living authentically requires that students have some initial commitment to change in order to be successful. It is recommended that students understand this prior to starting the course.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • understand what it means to be authentic (it's not as straight-forward as it seems!)
  • know your true self
  • live by your true self day by day
  • be with yourself openly and honestly without distorting your self-image
  • build close relationships where people see the 'real' you
  • live your own life, not the lives of others

Who is the target audience?

  • The course is about (1) understanding what authenticity means for you and (2) empowering you to live in accordance with your true self.
  • The course is probably not for you if your main interest is to read and discuss research literature.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Hello and welcome!

Let's get to know each other. In this video, I introduce myself and will tell you about the course.

Course Overview
Why Authenticity?
What it means to be authentic
10 questions

Let's get the basics straight.

Section 2: Self-Understanding - The First Step towards Authenticity
Self-Understanding: The First Step towards Authenticity
Personality: Your Big Five
The Big 5 Personality Traits - Visualized
1 page
Character Strengths
Link to VIA Character Strengths Survey
Activity: Sentence Stem Completion
Worksheet: Sentence Stem Completion
1 page
Activity: SWOT Analysis
Self-Awareness Reflections: Who Am I?
Who am I? - Triumphs and Aspirations
Who am I? - Injuries and Healings
Who am I? - Emotional World
Who am I? - Mission and Legacy
4 pages

This is the worksheet that brings together all of the four self-reflection activities into one place.

3 questions

A short quiz to refresh your memory.

Section 3: Unbiased Perception - The Second Step towards Authenticity
Unbiased Perception: The Second Step towards Authenticity
Activity: See the World as It Really Is
Worksheet: Seeing the World as It Really Is
1 page

Unbiased perception means getting rid or at least reducing our distortions. In this video we'll get a short overview of them.


This lecture is about self-serving bias and selective perception.

Cognitive Biases II
4 pages

This worksheet will give you an overview of the most common cognitive distortions and help you understand which roles they play in your life. For this, go over the following list an then think back and see if you can identify a time when you also fell for this cognitive distortion. Go over this list carefully and take some time to see if you recognize any of these behaviors in yourself.

Seeing the world as it really is
10 questions
Section 4: Unbiased Perception - Part II
Quick Intermezzo
Mindfulness to See The World as It Really Is
What Mindfulness Is
Activity: Guided Mindfulness Meditation
Resources to Help with Mindfulness Meditation
Activity: Exploring Self-Compassion Through Writing
Worksheet: Exploring Self-Compassion through Writing
1 page
Activity: Self-Compassion Question
Resources: Self-compassion meditations
Seeing the World as it really is
7 questions
Section 5: Authentic Behavior - The Third Step towards Authenticity
Authentic Behavior: The Third Step Towards Authenticity
The Courage to Follow Our Heart
How to Build Courage
Activity: Building Courage
FEAR - Obstacles to Authentic Behavior Change
DARE - Fostering Authentic Behavior Change

Defusion is defined as distancing, disconnecting or seeing thoughts and feelings for what they are: As streams of words or passing sensations. It means recognizing that our thoughts and feelings are not facts!

Activity: Acceptance of Discomfort
Authentic Behavior
4 questions
Section 6: Authentic Relationships - The Fourth Step towards Authenticity
Authentic Relationships: The Fourth Step towards Authenticity

The fear of disconnection is the major obstacle to authenticity in relationships. It’s a universal emotion that every human being shares. In this lecture we explore what fear of disconnection ( = shame) means and how we can cope with it effectively.

Be Seen Rather than Validated
Activity: Do You Dare to Open up?
Living with Vulnerability
Activity: Opening up
Worksheet: Opening Up
3 pages
Showing Gratitude
Worksheet: Gratitude Letter
1 page
Authentic Relationships
6 questions
Section 7: Moving Forward

Before we end this course, this lecture is about reflecting on your progress and taking the actions you need to become more authentic.


It's time to say good bye now. But the journey isn't over. You can always share your thoughts and struggles, ask questions and post interesting articles with the community. I encourage you to do so!

3 pages

Here you'll find the most important research papers that I based this course on. If you are interested in the research behind the lessons and activities in this course, this section is for you. To find the research papers, simply type the title into Google Scholar. Access to some of the papers might be restricted but most should be freely available.

If you want to know about more studies (and there are many more!), you can always message me.

Students Who Viewed This Course Also Viewed

  • Loading
  • Loading
  • Loading

Instructor Biography

Manuel Kraus, Udemy Premium Instructor for Positive Psychology

Manuel Kraus is the founder of Good Life Foundation, an organization seeking to empower individuals and communities across the world to live happy and fulfilled lives by teaching positive psychology. He is also an expert in the field and one of only a few people in the world holding a Master's degree in Applied Positive Psychology. His main research interest focuses on the experience of meaning in life.

He has been teaching positive psychology in workshops and seminars; and is the author of a series of online courses. They cover topics from building positive emotions and self-esteem to changing mindsets and overcoming tough times.

Positive psychology is the scientific study of life flourishing and optimal human functioning. It asks questions like these: What do very happy people do differently? How do the most successful people think and act?What makes some married couples stay together happily for many decades while others break up within months or years? And why are some people able to bounce back from failures while others succumb to them?

Happiness is not the absence of sadness and anger, and eliminating weaknesses does not mean we are really good at something. Many, many experiments, case studies, analyses and other forms of rigorous research have been conducted to provide insights into what makes our lives good and how we manage to live happily and successfully. Unfortunately, this science is not yet accessible to many people. That is why Manuel is committed to teach these findings and applications. His goal is to help create the foundations for everyone to live a good life by making positive psychology research accessible to everybody.

'I believe that the scientific study of what makes our lives most worth living can help people transform their lives. That is why I teach about topics like personal growth, building fulfilling relationships, goal-setting, mindfulness, self-esteem and realizing strengths. My personal mission is to make positive psychology research accessible to everybody, and thereby creating the foundations for people to live a good life and help build a better world.'

Ready to start learning?
Take This Course