The Authentic Moral Self: Dynamic Interplay between Perceived Authenticity and Moral Behaviors in the Workplace Academic Article uri icon


  • Authentic experiences are deeply tied to human existential concerns and have implications for psychological well-being and optimal functioning. Importantly, previous studies suggest a mutually reinforcing relationship between authenticity and moral behaviors. The current research aims to extend this line of research to work-specific contexts. We found, among two U.S. samples that (a) perceiving oneself as having behaved morally prompted feelings of authenticity at work (Study 1), (b) people who tried to be authentic (vs. be realistic or rational) were less willing to engage in immoral behaviors at workplace (Study 2), and among a Chinese sample that (c) daily fluctuations in morality and authenticity covaried with each other, both contributing positively to job satisfaction and meaning in work (Study 3). Together, the findings demonstrate a bidirectional relationship between moral behaviors and authenticity in the workplace.

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altmetric score

  • 2.35

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, H., Chen, K., Schlegel, R., Hicks, J., & Chen, C.

citation count

  • 8

complete list of authors

  • Zhang, Hong||Chen, Kaiyuan||Schlegel, Rebecca||Hicks, Joshua||Chen, Changkai

editor list (cited editors)

  • Vazire, S., & Inbar, Y.

publication date

  • January 2019