Trait and state authenticity across cultures

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Slabu, L., Lenton, A., Sedikides, C. and Bruder, M. 2014. Trait and state authenticity across cultures. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology. 45 (9), pp. 1347-1373. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022114543520
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TitleTrait and state authenticity across cultures
AuthorsSlabu, L., Lenton, A., Sedikides, C. and Bruder, M.
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 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.

KeywordsAuthenticity, inauthenticity, culture, self-construal, thinking style
PublisherSage
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
ISSN0022-0221
Electronic1552-5422
Publication dates
Online01 Aug 2014
Print01 Oct 2014
Publication process dates
Deposited29 Apr 2015
Output statusPublished
Accepted author manuscript
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Slabu, L., Lenton, A. P., Sedikides, C., & Bruder, M. Trait and State Authenticity Across Cultures, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 45(9) pp. 1347-1373. Copyright © 2014 The authors. DOI: 10.1177/0022022114543520.

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0022022114543520
LanguageEnglish
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