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Dr Aleksandra Cichocka

Dr Aleksandra Cichocka

Senior Lecturer in Political Psychology

Vice-President of the International Society of Political Psychology
Programme Director for MSc Political Psychology and MSc Social and Applied Psychology
MSc Dissertation Co-ordinator
Member of 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., Górska, P., Jost, J.T., Sutton, R, & Bilewicz, M. (in press). What inverted U can do for your country: A curvilinear relationship between confidence in the social system and political engagement. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. doi:

  • Cichocka, A., Dhont, K., & Makwana, A. (2017). On self-love and out-group hate: Opposite effects of narcissism on prejudice via social dominance orientation and right-wing authoritarianism. European Journal of Personality, 31, 366–384. doi: 10.1002/per.2114

  • 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., Bilewicz, M., Jost, J.T., Marrouch, N., & Witkowska, M. (2016). On the grammar of politics—or why conservatives prefer nouns. Political Psychology, 37, 799-815. doi: 10.1111/pops.12327


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