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Dr Aleksandra Cichocka

Dr Aleksandra Cichocka

Senior 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., 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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