The position of authenticity within extant models of personality

John Maltby, Alex M. Wood, Liz Day, Diana Pinto

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The aim of the current study was to explore where authenticity, derived from the humanistic tradition of psychology, was positioned within a number of extant models of personality. Exploratory and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of data from four samples (total N= 1286) suggested that authenticity can be considered as loading on the Honesty-Humility factor of personality. These findings are discussed in terms of the wider theoretical overlaps between Honesty-Humility and psychological functioning as emphasised by the humanistic tradition of psychology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-273
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Authenticity
  • Biological models of personality
  • Five-factor
  • Honesty-Humility


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