Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

2020 Edition
| Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford


  • Daniel E. ShawEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24612-3_1475



The intentional apparent attribute of an individual’s character which is honestly experienced and thoughtfully shared with others. Genuineness is not spurious or counterfeit; rather it is characterized by realness and sincerity and is independent of hypocrisy. Genuineness is perceived by self and others as the unadulterated and congruent external display of an individual’s actual internally recognized values, beliefs, emotions, and other perceptions of themselves including the world they exist in.


A review of the literature reveals that genuineness is a neglected term in the published research and theoretical discussions concerning personality. When delineating the central attributes or characteristics of genuineness, pertaining to the study of the multifaceted and complex nature of human cognitions, emotion, and behavior, the term authenticity appears more frequent than does genuineness. The terms authenticity and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral MedicineNova Southeastern University, College of Osteopathic MedicineFort LauderdaleUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Ilan Dar-Nimrod
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SydneySydneyAustralia