• SANJEEV PADMANABHAN

Lady Gaga - an inspiration to honor your authentic self

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and businesswoman. She is known for reinventing herself throughout her career and for her versatility in numerous areas of the entertainment industry.

There is so much to learn from the iconoclast who had to work to find the strength and resolve to be herself.

Researchers based on her words and behavior for clues to her personality type suggests that Lady Gaga has mixed feelings about sacrificing her privacy for fame, as many Introverts would. “As soon as I go out into the world,” she has said, “I belong, in a way, to everyone else.” She treasures her small but tight-knit inner circle of confidants, noting that, “It’s hard knowing who to trust with your personal life.” It’s worth noting that when she rose to fame, she did so not under her name, but the persona of Lady Gaga.


Lady Gaga wants to “crash through the surface” and get at the deeper aspects of life. From “Poker Face” to “Shallow,” much of her music explores the discrepancy between outward appearances and inward realities. She also thinks a great deal about her legacy and the greater significance of her art – two quintessentially Intuitive concerns: “If you were to ask me what I want to do, I don’t want to be a celebrity, I want to make a difference.”


Gaga also fully acknowledges that emotions can be difficult to feel and express. Through the Born This Way Foundation, she has pushed against the social pressure to put emotions in this compartment with a massive stigma around it that it is just not cool to feel. Although she certainly seems to empathize with those who compartmentalize emotions. Despite Lady Gaga’s broad vision, she’s also quite meticulous. She curates an image (and a message) extremely carefully.

She consistently creates and controls the circumstances that lead to her inspiration. She says, “Some artists take years; I don’t. I write music every day.” This gets at the heart of that “stick to the plan” attitude. It shows a willingness to work through the grind of writer’s block and fatigue where others might take a break to clear their heads.

Lady Gaga’s mission to spread self-love among her fans comes from a very personal place. Part of the reason she developed the persona of Lady Gaga was that she lacked confidence in herself just as she was.

This is a struggle to feel “enough.” People with such struggles may also understand how it can be easier to encourage others to feel good about themselves than to feel that way ourselves. Fortunately, Gaga has shared that despite her struggles with her self-image, she now feels “good enough” just as she is.


Gaga is a powerful reminder that you can’t judge a book by its cover – or a person’s type based on how they look. A person like her might not wear flamboyant outfits, strut on stage, or seek out the spotlight, yet Lady Gaga has done all of these things. At the same time, she’s steered her life in the direction of her values, advancing her missions of LGBT rights, mental health awareness, and support for survivors of sexual assault. As Lady Gaga reminds, personality types aren’t some kind of mold that you pour yourselves into. Instead, your type will reflect and grow with you as long as you honor your authentic self – because you are born this way.



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