The Right of Self Expression
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The Bill of Rights, AMENDMENT I
Freedom of expression is an inalienable human right and the foundation of our democratic society. It encompasses the freedoms of speech, press, religion, petition, assembly, and association without compromising personal privacy. It is the ability of an individual to express emotions, thoughts, ideas, and beliefs without censorship. Freedom of expression is essential to individual liberty.
Self-expression is the action of expressing ourselves and how we do so takes a wide variety of forms from the words we speak to the body language we use. Psychological findings support that self-expression positively affects people. It empowers each of us as individuals. It distinguishes us from others. It validates our self-concepts. Self expression by its very nature makes us reflect on who we are and what we believe in and hold important.
Expressing ourselves is sharing our inner self with the outer world. So, it’s clearly important to hone your self-expression skills. The best way to improve them is to practice through speaking, writing, body language, and artistry. To work on improving your capacity for self-expression and encourage your practice of being authentically you, try the following:
- Get to really know yourself.
- Feed the soul.
- Speak your truth.
- Define yourself broadly.
- Remain open minded.
- Engage in the creative.
- Pursue your dreams passionately.
- Be aware.
- Accept reality.
- Live in the moment.
The freedom of expression is a right that one must not deny. We are blessed to live in a society that encourages self expression. So, what are you waiting on?