Bridgetymology: Genuine

TO REMAIN GENUINE IS TO REMAIN TRUE TO ONESELF AND ONE’S ORIGINAL NATURE.

WORKING WITH TEEN GIRLS AND YOUNG ADULTS FOR SO MANY YEARS HAS TAUGHT US THAT MAKING AN IMPACT IS HIGHLY DEPENDENT ON HOW INFORMATION IS COMMUNICATED, SO WE MAKE A CONCERTED EFFORT TO COME FROM A PLACE OF AUTHENTICITY, EXPERIENCE, AND TRANSPARENCY.

IN ORDER TO BUILD THAT IMPACT, OUR STRATEGY HAS ALWAYS BEEN TO BE TRUE TO WHO WE ARE AND WHAT WE STAND FOR IN THE FACE OF DOUBTS ABOUT OUR LEGITIMACY.

IN THIS EPISODE, KESHIIA WILL BREAK DOWN THE WORD ‘GENUINE’.

meaning of ‘genuine’ today

NOWADAYS, WE USE THE WORD ‘GENUINE’ CATEGORICALLY TO DESCRIBE SOMETHING OR SOMEONE THAT IS, WITHOUT A DOUBT, IN ACTUALITY, AND AUTHENTIC. ACCORDING TO MERRIAM-WEBSTER, THE MEANING CAN BE EXPANDED WITH: HAVING THE REPUTED OR APPARENT QUALITIES OR CHARACTER (‘GENUINE VINTAGE WINES’); ACTUALLY PRODUCED BY OR PROCEEDING FROM THE ALLEGED SOURCE OR AUTHOR (‘THE SIGNATURE IS GENUINE’); SINCERELY AND HONESTLY FELT OR EXPERIENCED (‘DEEP AND GENUINE LOVE’); ACTUAL OR TRUE (‘A GENUINE IMPROVEMENT’); OR IT CAN MEAN FREE FROM HYPOCRISY OR PRETENSE, SUCH AS SINCERE (‘HIS APOLOGY SEEMED GENUINE’).

roots of the word genuine

THE WORD ‘GENUINE’ COMES FROM THE LATIN ROOT WORD, ‘GENU’ MEANING KNEE. THIS ROOT WAS USED IN THE LATIN WORDS ‘GENUINUS’, MEANING ‘INNATE’, ‘NATIVE’ OR ‘NATURAL’.

IT ARISES FROM A ROMAN CUSTOM IN WHICH A FATHER WOULD PLACE A NEWBORN CHILD ON HIS KNEE IN ORDER TO ACKNOWLEDGE HIS PATERNITY OF THE CHILD. THIS PRACTICE ALSO GAVE RISE TO AN ASSOCIATION WITH THE WORD “GENUS”, MEANING “RACE” OR “BIRTH”. GENUS IS ALSO PART OF THE BIOLOGICAL CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM OF CATEGORIZING OR NAMING ALL LIVING THINGS. FOR EXAMPLE, HUMANS BELONG TO THE GENUS AND SPECIES OF HOMO SAPIENS (HOMO MEANING HUMAN AND SAPIENS MEANING WISE).

IN THE 16TH CENTURY THE WORD ‘GENUINE’ MEANT ‘NATURAL’ OR ‘PROPER’.

genuineness into practice

GENUINENESS COMES IN MANY FORMS, AND PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE IN OUR DAILY LIVES MAKES US MORE HUMAN. BEING GENUINE IS IMPORTANT IN MANY ASPECTS OF LIFE, INCLUDING YOUR WORKPLACE AND YOUR RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER PEOPLE.

WE APPLY IT IN DIFFERENT WAYS: WHEN WE WANT TO VALIDATE SOMETHING AS GENUINE, WE FIRST WANT TO VERIFY ITS ORIGIN. FOR INSTANCE, A SINCERE APOLOGY IS ONE THAT COMES DIRECTLY FROM THE SOURCE. THIS JUST SHOWS THAT WHEN WE ARE LOOKING FOR GENUINENESS, WE SEEK THE ORIGINAL INTENTION. IN THIS CASE, WE’RE LOOKING FOR IT TO BE AUTHENTIC.

BEING GENUINE MEANS BEING REAL. YOU KNOW YOURSELF, EMBRACE YOURSELF, AND FULLY OWN YOURSELF. NOT ONLY DOES THAT MAKE YOU MUCH MORE APPEALING TO OTHERS, BUT AUTHENTIC PEOPLE ARE ALSO MUCH MORE SATISFIED WITH THEIR LIVES.

why does being genuine matter?

BEING GENUINE IS ESSENTIAL FOR ESTABLISHING CONNECTIONS AND MOST OF THE TIME, GENUINE PEOPLE ARE HIGHLY ADMIRED BY OTHERS.

BEING GENUINE OFTEN LEADS TO LONG-LASTING RELATIONSHIPS AND IS A WAY TO STRENGTHEN CONNECTIONS WITH OUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, AND COLLEAGUES. INCREASED GENUINENESS IN THE WORKPLACE LEADS TO INTERPERSONAL ATTRACTION, TRUST, AND POSITIVE SOCIAL RELATIONS, ALL OF WHICH REDUCE DYSFUNCTIONAL RELATIONSHIP CONFLICT.

IT FOSTERS A LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY ABOUT WHETHER AN ENVIRONMENT IS WELL SUITED TO AN INDIVIDUAL AN VICE VERSA. ULTIMATELY, INCREASED GENUINENESS IN THE WORKPLACE LEADS TO INTERPERSONAL ATTRACTION, TRUST, AND POSITIVE SOCIAL RELATIONS, JUST LIKE IT DOES OUTSIDE OF THE WORKPLACE.

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