The construct of authenticity is thought of as an expression of individuality and eudaimonic well-being. Yet, previous research has related state authenticity more to positive affect and pleasant behavior. We examine the extent to which feeling authentic is a reflection of personally held standards of worth (values) and authenticity’s relationship with affective states. We also examine whether feelings of authenticity are facilitated by dispositional authenticity. Study 1 had participants debate benevolent behavior (N = 199). In study two (N = 124) and three (N = 146), participants described memories where they acted in concordance or against their values, in both pleasant and unpleasant contexts. We found a relationship between acting in accordance with one’s values and experiencing authenticity, thus demonstrating that authenticity is a form of eudaimonic well-being, which is closely related to, but distinct from, affective states. We found less consistent associations between dispositional authenticity and momentary authentic feelings.

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Keywords affect, eudaimonia, State authenticity, trait authenticity, values
Persistent URL dx.doi.org/10.1080/17439760.2016.1187198
Journal Journal of Positive Psychology
Citation
Smallenbroek, O. (Oscar), Zelenski, J, & Whelan, D.C. (Deanna C.). (2017). Authenticity as a eudaimonic construct: The relationships among authenticity, values, and valence. Journal of Positive Psychology, 12(2), 197–209. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1187198