Authentic relationships: a review of foreign studies



The article presents an overview of the research of the phenomenon of authentic relationships in foreign works. The philosophical understanding of the authenticity of the personality (authenticity, loyalty to the true self) is presented, the possible connection between the authenticity of the personality and the quality of interpersonal relationships is substantiated. A separate part of the article is the discussion of studies of authentic (close) relationships. It is pointed out that it is impossible to consider the authenticity of a person without taking into account its effects on human relationships. The spheres in which authenticity can manifest itself are described: romantic, professional, child-parent, friendly relations. The emphasis is placed on the description of authentic leadership (as the most studied area) and romantic relationships (an area for which authenticity is a particularly important predictor). The article presents several psychotherapeutic methods to achieve them, and also describes some of the risks associated with authentic relationships. Since the authenticity of relationships contributes to effective interaction in the personal and professional sphere, there is a need to study and develop development technologies, necessary both for the authenticity of the individual and the authenticity of the relationship.

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Keywords: authentic relationships, dispositional authenticity, authentic leadership, romantic relationships

Journal rubric: Social Psychology

Article type: review article


Funding. The reported study was funded by the Russian Science Foundation (RSF), project number № 20-18-00262.

Acknowledgements. The author thanks for the support of the scientific supervisor S.K. Nartova-Bochaver.

Received: 18.11.2022


For citation: Edamova A.Y. Authentic relationships: a review of foreign studies [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2023. Vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 109–118. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2023120112. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Anna Y. Edamova, Faculty of Social Sciences, National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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