This article from the BPS Research Digest sparked some interest when I started to think about how we measure authenticity at work or more specifically in the candidates we assess. We're hearing more and more about the need to measure authenticity throughout the assessment process - and we've been seeing a recent move to immersing candidates in alien situations in order to generate a truly authentic response. Should we be looking to focus assessment on measuring who the candidate strives to be and how their behaviours align with that? An interesting and surprising twist and one to think about in relation to assessment.
In other words, at least when it comes to feelings of authenticity in a relationship, what seems to matter the most is not that we can be ourselves, as such, but that we can behave as the kind of person we strive to be.