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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.

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Abstract

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

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e-pub ahead of print date: 1 August 2014
Published date: October 2014
Organisations: Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences

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Local EPrints ID: 372084
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/372084
ISSN: 0022-0221
PURE UUID: 8336d4db-0f87-4db0-9953-6576266ddcbc

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Date deposited: 27 Nov 2014 12:20
Last modified: 30 Aug 2017 20:02

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Author: l. Slabu
Author: A. Lenton
Author: Martin Bruder

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