Trait and state authenticity across cultures

Slabu, Letitia, Lenton, Alison P., Sedikides, Constantine and Bruder, Martin (2014) Trait and state authenticity across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 45 (9) . pp. 1347-1373. ISSN 0022-0221 (doi:10.1177/0022022114543520)


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 US, China, India, and Singapore. US 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
Additional Information: Published online before print August 1, 2014
Keywords (uncontrolled): Authenticity, inauthenticity, culture, self-construal, thinking style
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
Item ID: 15546
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Depositing User: Letitia Slabu
Date Deposited: 29 Apr 2015 15:29
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2016 14:33

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