The benefits of being real and authentic include: you feel alive, you are happier and more naturally loving, you feel free, and are a causer in life rather than a person being caused. Pursuing an integrated, authentic self is not the same as being narcissistically preoccupied (e.g., desperately seeking affirmation from others, and outward focus concerned with what others think). Narcissism is not the result of authenticity or self-determination, it is their antithesis. (Shaevitz, Marjorie Hansen. The Confident Woman. p 62-64. NY: Harmony Books, 1999.)

People who are self-actualized typically exhibit a set of functional characteristics. Lists 15 characteristics. (Schaeffer, Brenda. Is It Love Or Is It Addiction? p 20-21. CA: Harper & Row, 1987.)