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Authenticity Is Correlated With Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence

Tohme, Ornella; Joseph, Stephen

Authors

Ornella Tohme



Abstract

Humanistic psychology has long been interested in authenticity. Carl Rogers proposed that authenticity leads to more fully functioning behaviour. However, it is only in recent years that there has been empirical research into the correlates of authenticity. The aim was to test for association between authenticity and two individual difference factors of much contemporary interest - mindfulness and emotional intelligence. 197 participants were recruited either through convenience sampling or an online survey. All completed the Authenticity Scale (Wood et al., 2008), the Schutte Emotional Intelligence Scale (Schutte et al., 1998), the Kentucky Inventory of Mindfulness Skills (Baer, Smith & Allen, 2004) and the Balanced Inventory of Desirable Responding (Paulhus, 1984). Higher scores on authenticity were associated with higher scores on self-deceptive enhancement, mindfulness and emotional intelligence. Regression analyses showed that authenticity, specifically the self-alienation subscale, was able to predict mindfulness, and the authentic living subscale was able to predict emotional intelligence, taking into account social desirability and self-deceptive effects. Further research is now needed into the association between authenticity and self-deception and the causal relationships of these variables with emotional intelligence, mindfulness, and other characteristics of the fully functioning person.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jul 15, 2020
Journal Journal of Humanistic Psychology
Print ISSN 0022-1678
Electronic ISSN 1552-650X
Publisher SAGE Publications
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Tohme, O., & Joseph, S. (2020). Authenticity Is Correlated With Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence. Journal of Humanistic Psychology, https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167820940926
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177/0022167820940926
Keywords Authenticity, Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, Social Desirability, Positive Psychology
Publisher URL https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/0022167820940926

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