I am needing a headline title for an article written about being yourself. I would like the title to be similar to "be who you really are." Or make that statement using different words if possible.

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    It's usually just Be yourself, or Act naturally. – FumbleFingers Apr 4 '17 at 13:59

Another way to phrase it, especially if you are trying to strike up interest for the article. "Be Yourself" is hackneyed, and will easily be ignored.

"Don't Be Who You Are Not"

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    Since you've edited your answer directly voicing comment on mine... I would add that "Don't Be Who You Are Not" is actually verbose and rather clumsy. – Gary Apr 4 '17 at 14:11

Be yourself

Works just fine, it's an idiom and well known, (unlike the more formal dictionary definition heading below):

Be oneself

To be in one's most natural, comfortable, sincere, and ingenuous state of mind and being. You should always try to be yourself with those you care about. I told her to just be herself during the interview. (Farlax - Idioms)

  • Yes. This is well known. And would serve in a wonderful capacity to have readers of an article ignore it. This is not good print. This does not promote readership. – Jason P Sallinger Apr 4 '17 at 14:07
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    @JasonPSallinger This is not good print? We are discussing writing in 2017, not 1917 here. – Gary Apr 4 '17 at 14:10
  • Boring. If you were working for my periodical I'd show you the door. – Jason P Sallinger Apr 4 '17 at 14:13
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    @JasonPSallinger: Be yourself is perfectly natural English. So far as I'm concerned, This is not good print isn't and never was (unless it's a highly localised variant of good copy as used in the publishing industry). – FumbleFingers Apr 4 '17 at 14:14
  • 'Be Yourself' is something that would be in a list of suggestions, not a title of an article. Yes, it is natural English. But it is not eye-catching. It in no way forces the reader to think. It is overused to the highest degree. – Jason P Sallinger Apr 4 '17 at 14:17

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