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Dr Aleksandra Cichocka

Dr Aleksandra Cichocka

Lecturer in Political Psychology
MSc Programme Director for Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Political Psychology and Social and Applied Psychology
Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Dissertation Co-ordinator
Political Psychology Dissertation Co-ordinator
Member of the Governing Council of the International Society of Political Psychology
Undergraduate Outreach Team


In my work I explore links between the self and various social and political realities. I examine how the self-concept and group image relate to intergroup attitudes, political ideology and support for the status-quo.

In one line of work, I investigate how the various ways in which individuals relate to their own social groups affect their attitudes toward people of different nationalities, races, or genders. Specifically, I focus on the concept of collective narcissism - a defensive group identification, characterized by an emotional investment in an unrealistically positive image of the in-group. I am interested in intergroup consequences of collective narcissism, as well as factors that contribute to strengthening this form of group identification.

In another line of research, I examine how the self-concept and psychological well-being are associated with political orientation, as well as supporting (vs. rejecting) the overarching socio-political system.

Research areas

  • group identity
  • intergroup relations
  • political ideology
  • system justification and system rejection
  • self-esteem and narcissism

Key publications

  • Cichocka, A., Golec de Zavala, A., Marchlewska, M., Bilewicz, M., Jaworska, M., & Olechowski, M. (in press). Personal control decreases narcissistic but increases non-narcissistic in-group positivity. Journal of Personality. doi: 10.1111/jopy.12328

  • Cichocka, A. (2016). Understanding defensive and secure in-group positivity: The role of collective narcissism. European Review of Social Psychology, 27, 283-317. doi: 10.1080/10463283.2016.1252530

  • Cichocka, A., Marchlewska, M., & Golec de Zavala, A. (2016). Does self-love or self-hate predict conspiracy beliefs? Narcissism, self-esteem and the endorsement of conspiracy theories.  Social Psychological and Personality Science, 7, 157-166. doi: 10.1177/1948550615616170

  • Golec de Zavala, A., Cichocka, A., Eidelson, R., & Jayawickreme, N. (2009). Collective narcissism and its social consequences. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 97, 1074 -1096. doi: 10.1037/a0016904


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