Trait and state authenticity across cultures

Slabu, l., Lenton, A., Sedikides, Constantine and Bruder, Martin (2014) Trait and state authenticity across cultures Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45, (9), pp. 1347-1373. (doi:10.1177/0022022114543520).


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We examined the role of culture in both trait and state authenticity, asking whether the search for and experience of the “true self” is a uniquely Western phenomenon or is relevant cross-culturally. We tested participants from the United States, China, India, and Singapore. U.S. participants reported higher average levels of trait authenticity than those from Eastern cultures (i.e., China, India, Singapore), but this effect was partially explained by cultural differences in self-construal and thinking style. Importantly, the experience of state authenticity, and especially state inauthenticity, was more similar than different across cultures. In all, people from different cultures do experience authenticity, even if they do not endorse the (Western) value of “independence.” The findings contribute to a more nuanced understanding of state authenticity

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1177/0022022114543520
ISSNs: 0022-0221 (print)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Organisations: Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences
ePrint ID: 372084
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1 August 2014e-pub ahead of print
October 2014Published
Date Deposited: 27 Nov 2014 12:20
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 07:01
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