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

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 & Emotion, 27 (7) . pp. 1202-1224. ISSN 0269-9931 (doi:10.1080/02699931.2013.778818)

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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.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Authenticity; self; mood; personality systems interaction theory; affect infusion model; mood as information
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 10846
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Cognition & Emotion on 10/04/2013, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/02699931.2013.778818
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Depositing User: Letitia Slabu
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2013 06:13
Last Modified: 02 Apr 2019 12:25
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/10846

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