A behavioural test of Horneys's linkage between authenticity and agression: People living authentically are less likey to respond aggressively in unfair situations.

PINTO, Diana G, MALTBY, John, WOOD, Alex M and DAY, Liza (2012). A behavioural test of Horneys's linkage between authenticity and agression: People living authentically are less likey to respond aggressively in unfair situations. Personality and Individual Differences, 52 (1), 41-44.

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Link to published version:: 10.1016/j.paid.2011.08.023

Abstract

This study links Horney’s account of human growth and neurosis to authenticity by examining aggressive responses on the point subtraction aggressive paradigm, providing the first empirical test of whether authenticity can predict objective behavior. Data from undergraduate, postgraduate, and mature students demonstrate that when controlling for age, gender, trait-anger, agreeableness, and functional dimensions of coping, individuals who measure high on authentic-living respond less aggressively to attacks and counter-attacks in unfair situations. Authentic-living uniquely accounted for 14.2% of variance in aggressive-responses (r = −.37). The findings suggest that inauthenticity is a strong predictor of aggressive behavior, and therefore increasing levels of authenticity in counseling practice may reduce maladaptive levels of anger. We suggest future exploration between authenticity and models of emotional regulation will unearth the cause and effects of aggression within inauthentic individuals.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Psychology Research Group
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.paid.2011.08.023
Depositing User: Liza Day
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2012 14:38
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2012 14:38
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/6054

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