I attended a lot of new age, personal growth workshops in the 80s and 90s and I discovered that I can be sexy and powerful by being real! REAL is the new way to impress and influence people; vulnerability and emotional intelligence the new age method of pulling or being the stand-out guy in the Personal Growth workshop. Or, to put it bluntly: a very elegant way to manipulate people. I think that being REAL is reward enough without being busy with notions of how sexy and powerful I am. Love of truth is the impulse that results in authenticity. In short, beware the pitfall of using authenticity to lie and honesty as a con.