I’ve been trying to write a post on the problems with “just be yourself” for a while. I’m not sure when I’ll be able to finish writing it, but this comic that’s been circulating lately is a *really* good illustration of it.
First panel: some shapes on a wall, looking at a round hole they can’t fit through, with a word bubble “I don’t know what you guys are complaining about….”
Second panel: the other side of the wall. Can see the shapes looking through a round hole. A circle says gleefully “If you want to make it through, JUST BE YOURSELF!”