12 easy ways to spot a genuine person (that can’t be faked)

In a world where people often put on façades to impress, it can be difficult to distinguish genuine individuals from fake ones. Genuine people tend to be authentic, honest, and true to themselves. They have a strong sense of self-awareness and are not afraid to show vulnerability. 

Do you want to be more genuine? You’re in luck!

In this article, we will explore 12 easy ways to spot a genuine person that cannot be faked, and how to become a more genuine person yourself. Let’s get to it!

1) They listen intently

I’ve always noticed that genuine people are active listeners.

They don’t just hear what you say; they take the time to understand your point of view. They ask questions to clarify their understanding and show empathy towards your feelings.

Next time you are in a conversation, try to actively listen to the other person. 

Pay attention to their body language and tone of voice, and ask follow-up questions to show your interest and understanding. 

Body language is a strong communicator and you’re showing off how genuine you are! 

2) They are consistent

Another thing I’ve noticed is that genuine people are consistent in their behavior and actions.

They don’t change who they are or how they act based on the people they are with or the situation they are in. 

They’re comfortable in their own skin and aren’t easily swayed by the crowd or passing trends.

So try to be consistent in your behavior and actions. Don’t change who you are to impress others or fit in with the crowd. Stay true to yourself and your values.

And if you can help it, try not to judge others…

3) They don’t judge

Genuine people are non-judgmental

They don’t make assumptions or jump to conclusions about people or situations. They think rationally and calmly, setting their emotions aside. 

They are open-minded and willing to listen to different perspectives without reacting rashly.

To come across as more genuine, try to be more open-minded and accepting of others

Don’t make assumptions or judgments about people or situations without first understanding all the facts.

And remember, stay true to yourself and stay honest….

4) They are honest

Genuine people are honest, even when it’s difficult. 

They don’t tell lies or hide the truth to avoid hurting someone’s feelings. 

They value honesty and integrity above all else. They will tell it like it is instead of beating around the bush.

If you aren’t that open, try to more honest in your communication with others. 

Don’t exaggerate the reality or hide the truth to avoid conflict or confrontation. Be true to yourself and your values.

And while we’re on the topic of honesty, let me just say that it goes hand in hand with humility…

5) They are humble

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Real talk: genuine people are humble

They don’t boast about their accomplishments or try to make themselves look better than others. 

They are secure and low-key and don’t feel the need to prove themselves to anyone.

To appear more genuine, be humble in your interactions with others. 

Don’t show off and brag about your accomplishments or try to make yourself look superior than others. 

Be comfortable in your own skin and focus on self-improvement, and showing interest in others, instead of comparing yourself to everyone else.

6) They are empathetic

Here’s the thing: genuine people are empathetic. 

They put themselves in other people’s shoes and try their best to understand their feelings and emotions. 

They are kind, compassionate, and caring towards others and it shows in their actions and demeanor.

Once you put yourself in their shoes and try to understand their perspective, kindness, compassion, and genuine care manifests towards others.  

I have a colleague who is always empathetic and understanding. 

One time, I was going through a difficult time at work with a tough boss, and she listened to me without judgment and showed genuine concern for my well-being. She took me out for dinner and drinks so I could vent and let loose a little. 

Her empathy and support helped me get through a tough time, and I will always be grateful for her kindness.

7) They are self-aware

Let’s be honest, genuine people are self-aware.

They know their strengths and weaknesses, and they are not afraid to admit when they make mistakes. 

They know to be human is to have flaws and they embrace this. They are constantly working on self-improvement and personal growth.

Reflect on your strengths and weaknesses. Don’t be afraid to admit when you make mistakes (there’s no shame in it) and focus on self-improvement and personal growth. You got this! 

The good thing about developing self-awareness is that it also helps you be more authentic. 

8) They are authentic

Genuine people are authentic.

They don’t pretend to be someone they’re not, and they don’t put on a false persona to impress others. 

They are true to themselves and their values. They aren’t impressed by things like money or status, they care about realness. 

And of course, genuine people are always respectful…

9) They are respectful

Genuine people are respectful towards others. 

They treat everyone from CEO to custodian with kindness and dignity, regardless of their background, social status, or beliefs. 

They listen to others and value their opinions. They know that as humans, we’re all pretty much the same, and their actions reflect this. 

Never forget to treat everyone with kindness and dignity, regardless of their background or beliefs. 

Listen to others and value their opinions and make them feel heard. I promise you, this will take you far! 

10) They are optimistic

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Another core trait of genuine people is being optimistic. They have a positive outlook on life and believe in the inherent goodness of people. 

They focus on solutions instead of problems and see opportunities in challenges.

Simply put, optimistic people see the glass as half full. 

Try to become more optimistic by focusing on the good things about life, instead of dwelling on the negative. Choose to think the best of people and focus on solutions instead of dwelling on problems.

And while you’re at it, be generous…

11) They are generous

Genuine people are generous with their time, resources, and energy. 

They give freely without expecting anything in return. They are happy to help others and make a positive impact in the world. Now that’s something that really makes a difference! 

By becoming more generous and giving with your time, resources, and energy to others, you are creating your own positive ripples of change in the world. 

Finally, genuine people embody gratitude…

12) They are grateful

Genuine people are grateful for what they have. 

They don’t take things for granted and appreciate the people and experiences in their lives. 

It doesn’t matter if they’re rich or poor or middle class, a genuine person is appreciative of what they have. 

They express gratitude often and recognize the good in most situations.


In conclusion, genuine people possess qualities that cannot be faked. They are authentic, honest, and empathetic. They are consistent in their behavior and actions, and they treat everyone with kindness and respect. 

To become a more genuine person, try to cultivate these qualities in your own life. Listen intently, be honest, be empathetic, be respectful, and be grateful. 

By doing so, you will become a more genuine and authentic person, and like clockwork, you will attract genuine people into your life as well. 


Daniel Mabanta

Daniel Mabanta

Daniel Mabanta is a freelance writer and editor, entrepreneur and an avid traveler, adventurer and eater. He lives a nomadic life, constantly on the move. He is currently in Manila, Philippines and deciding where his next destination will be.

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