During the holidays we are far more likely to visit with family and repeat patterns of behavior that are not genuine. What does it mean to be “genuine? Marketers of various wares toss around this word…genuine leather, genuine experience, and genuine gemstone, they say. But, what does it mean for a person to be genuine? Thesaurus sights these meanings and synonyms: “real, candid, honest, frank, sincere, unpretentious.” Being “real” or “honest” in all situations is not easy.