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