The relevance of big five trait content in behavior to subjective authenticity: do high levels of within-person behavioral variability undermine or enable authenticity achievement?

@article{Fleeson2010TheRO,
  title={The relevance of big five trait content in behavior to subjective authenticity: do high levels of within-person behavioral variability undermine or enable authenticity achievement?},
  author={W. Fleeson and J. Wilt},
  journal={Journal of personality},
  year={2010},
  volume={78 4},
  pages={
          1353-82
        }
}
Individuals vary their behavior from moment to moment a great deal, often acting "out of character" for their traits. This article investigates the consequences for authenticity. We compared 2 hypotheses-trait consistency, that individuals feel most authentic when acting in a way consistent with their traits; and state-content significance, that some ways of acting feel more authentic because of their content and consequences, regardless of the actor's corresponding traits. Three studies using… Expand

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