Identifying the function of recalling authentic moments
Render, J. (2021). Identifying the function of recalling authentic moments (Thesis, Master of Applied Psychology (MAppPsy)). The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10289/14497
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Authenticity within the workplace has been widely researched as a construct in counteracting negative affect. However, less is known about ways to increase a sense of authenticity within the workplace. This study aimed to understand how a sense of authenticity is affected after recalling an autobiographical memory of an authentic moment. This study also examines how recalling moments of authenticity and inauthenticity serve the three functions of autobiographical memory: self, social and directive. Study 1 investigated archival data of employees written narratives of recalled authentic and inauthentic moments (N = 29). Study 2 replicated the same procedure with a student sample (N = 119) and included a control group and a measure of authenticity. Results from Study 1 suggested recalling authentic moments served the self and directive function, and inauthentic moments served the directive and self-function. Study 2 partially replicated Study 1 findings, indicating authentic moments primarily served the self-function, while inauthentic moments reported no difference between functions. In line with previous research, the control condition served the social function. Recall did not result in a change in authenticity levels. This study demonstrated recalled authentic moments enhanced a sense of identity, while recalled inauthentic moments in Study 1 provided details in becoming more authentic. Moreover, provided foundational work in developing a memory recall intervention for the workforce in creating a sense of authenticity. Future research includes investigating authentic and inauthentic moments within different contexts to measure differences in functionality and sense of authenticity.
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