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Authenticity

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By: Alexis T. Franzese | Edited by: Paul Atkinson, Sara Delamont, Alexandru Cernat, Joseph W. Sakshaug & Richard A. Williams Published: 2020 | Length: 3 | DOI: |
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Authenticity, a construct capturing the notion of behavior reflecting one’s true self, is a dynamic and multifaceted social-scientific concept. As such a concept, scholars have long debated its definition, how it relates to other constructs of the self, and how it is measured. Less debated is the view that authenticity matters, and scholars have demonstrated its relevance for a variety of both individual and relational outcomes. In the course of those studies, researchers have provided important insights into how it can or should be measured. This entry provides an overview of authenticity scholarship concluding with suggestions for future directions within authenticity research.

Defining Authenticity

Derived from the Greek authenteo meaning “to have full power over; also, to commit a murder,” and authentes, “not only a master and ...

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