Answering the question, “who am I?” is the great project of our lives. Authenticity describes the process by which people attempt to answer that fundamental question and verify the answer with others. As a psychological experience, authenticity is crucial for happiness, self-esteem, and well-being. Despite its importance, we know surprisingly little about what causes authenticity and what defines its contours. Is everyone allowed equal access to authenticity? Is authenticity always moral? What is “true” about authenticity—and what is not? What predicts whether someone will be seen as authentic by others?
To begin to unpack these questions, the inaugural Authenticity Preconference will bring together a set of interdisciplinary scholars who study authenticity to discuss their recent and in-progress research. Their research spans themes such as conversations, social hierarchy, social perception, and discrimination.
Erica Bailey, email@example.com, Columbia University
SUBMISSIONS OPEN SEPTEMBER 1
The Authentic Self is the Self-Enhancing Self: A Self-Enhancement Framework of Authenticity - Corey Guenther, Creighton University
When and How Stigma Makes Authenticity Advice Aversive - Katherine Du, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Data Blitz 1
Can We Discern the Authenticity of Others? - Serena Chen, University of California, Berkeley
The Price of (In)Authenticity for Black Americans: Cultural Self-Expression and Its Effects on Occupational Opportunities and Psychological Wellbeing - Tosen Nwadei, Emory University
Examining Subjective Authenticity in the Context of Civic Life - Matt Vess, Texas A&M University
From Ideal to Real: How Model Body Size Influences Perceived Brand Authenticity and Brand Outcomes - Rosanna K. Smith, University of Georgia
Data Blitz 2
Authenticity in Difficult Conversations - Rachel Ruttan, University of Toronto
The Illusion of Rapport: Coercive Power Disparities Make Authentic Conversations Seem Inauthentic - Kyle Dobson, The University of Texas at Austin
Concluding Remarks - Erica Bailey, Columbia University