Is authenticity an ideal state of being or an ongoing process? If our goal is higher-level development, what is higher and better in the moral sense and how do we know? Why does authenticity, so familiar and personal, always seem to elude us? Our search for the authentic self is not new, yet there may be more obstacles in our way today than ever before. As the 20th century comes to a close, being authentic has become one of our greatest challenges. Volume 6 deals with the issue of "Becoming Authentic" and offers some insights from a variety of perspectives ranging from the philosophical to the practical.
The inner struggle of our moral examplars in this issue parallels the process of personality growth described in Kazimierz Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration. A recently translated interview with Dabrowski appearing in Volume 6 provides new evidence of his convictions and fervor and a direction for all who strive to pursue their own authentic development.