Journal of Happiness Studies

, Volume 13, Issue 4, pp 701–727 | Cite as

They Need to be Different, They Feel Happier in Authentizotic Climates

  • Arménio RegoEmail author
  • Miguel Pina e Cunha
Research Paper


The study shows how the perceptions of six authentizotic climate dimensions (spirit of camaraderie, trust and credibility of the leaders, open and frank communication with the leaders, opportunities for learning and personal development, fairness/justice, and work-family conciliation) interact with the need for uniqueness (NFU) in predicting affective well-being (AWB) at work. Participants are 342 individuals, all young graduate engineers participating in a course on ethics and deontology. Both the perceptions of authentizotic climates and the NFU predict unique variance of AWB. Perceptions of authentizotic climates (excepting work-family conciliation) interact with NFU in predicting AWB: (a) the relationship between perceptions of authentizotic climates and AWB is stronger when NFU is greater; (b) the relationship between NFU and AWB is stronger when perceptions of authentizotic climates are more positive.


Authentizotic climates Affective well-being at work Happiness Need for uniqueness 



We are very grateful to our anonymous reviewers and to Antonella Delle Fave, the Editor in Chief, for their helpful comments and suggestions.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade de AveiroAveiroPortugal
  2. 2.UNIDE, Instituto Universitário de Lisboa (ISCTE-IUL)LisbonPortugal
  3. 3.NOVA – School of Business and EconomicsLisbonPortugal

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