Self-perceived Authenticity is Contaminated by the Valence of One’s Behavior

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Journal Article

© 2016 Taylor & Francis. Abstract: Two studies tested whether people are biased to infer that their positive actions are more authentic than their negative actions. In Study 1, participants identified a positive or negative personal characteristic and assessed the authenticity of past behavior that reflected that characteristic. In Study 2, people imagined themselves performing positive and negative behaviors that they authentically did or did not want to perform. Both studies showed that people’s judgments of the authenticity of their behavior were contaminated by their perceptions of the valence of their behavior even when the objective authenticity of the behavior was controlled. Future research must disentangle authenticity and positivity to determine the degree to which each contributes to positive outcomes that have been attributed to authenticity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Jongman-Sereno, KP; Leary, MR

Published Date

  • May 3, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 15 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 283 - 301

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1529-8876

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1529-8868

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/15298868.2015.1128964

Citation Source

  • Scopus