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I feel good, therefore I am real: testing the causal influence of mood on state authenticity

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Although the literature has focused on individual differences in authenticity, recent findings suggest that authenticity is sensitive to context; that is, it is also a state. We extended this perspective by examining whether incidental affect influences authenticity. In three experiments, participants felt more authentic when in a relatively positive than negative mood. The causal role of affect in authenticity was consistent across a diverse set of mood inductions, including explicit (Experiments 1 and 3) and implicit (Experiment 2) methods. The link between incidental affect and state authenticity was not moderated by ability to down-regulate negative affect (Experiments 1 and 3) nor was it explained by negative mood increasing private self-consciousness or decreasing access to the self system (Experiment 3). The results indicate that mood is used as information to assess one's sense of authenticity.

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Lenton, Alison P., Slabu, Letitia, Sedikides, Constantine and Power, Katherine (2013) I feel good, therefore I am real: testing the causal influence of mood on state authenticity Cognition and Emotion, 27, (7), pp. 1202-1224. (doi:10.1080/02699931.2013.778818). (PMID:23574266).

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e-pub ahead of print date: 10 April 2013
Published date: 2013
Keywords: authenticity, self, mood, personality systems interaction theory, affect infusion model, mood as information


Local EPrints ID: 358786
ISSN: 0269-9931
PURE UUID: f6119919-509c-4c21-9dd2-a82053c2e66a

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Date deposited: 15 Oct 2013 10:38
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 03:27

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Author: Alison P. Lenton
Author: Letitia Slabu
Author: Katherine Power

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