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Title: A behavioral test of Horney's linkage between authenticity and aggression: People living authentically are less-likely to respond aggressively in unfair situations
Authors: Pinto, Diana G
Maltby, John
Wood, Alex M
Day, Liz
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Keywords: Authenticity
Issue Date: Jan-2012
Publisher: Elsevier for the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences
Citation: Pinto DG, Maltby J, Wood AM & Day L (2012) A behavioral test of Horney's linkage between authenticity and aggression: People living authentically are less-likely to respond aggressively in unfair situations, Personality and Individual Differences, 52 (1), pp. 41-44.
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.
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Affiliation: University of Leicester
University of Leicester
Sheffield Hallam University

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