Quick Definition: The purest and most basic foundation of a person’s core identity, which usually does not change drastically throughout a person’s life.

Full Definition:

In philosophy, essence is the attribute(s) that makes an object or substance what it fundamentally is, which it has by necessity, and without which it loses its identity. People at the core have an “essence” about them.

Essence cannot be replicated. It is innate. It can be cultivated with a strong and nurturing childhood. You must look beneath the bitch shields and the social masks, to determine a person’s true essence, or the way he or she is when alone. Charismatic people have practiced channeling this essence into all of their interactions, thus, the feeling of them being charismatic and authentic.

Example of “essence” in Gabrielle Anwar

Related Terms: Identity, Inner Game, Congruence, Field Report, Core Identity, Core Confidence, Situational Confidence