Welcome to the lab of Prof. Dr. Mitja Back. My associates, students and I are interested in the interplay of personality and social relationships.

Our research focuses on how personality affects the initiation and maintenance of social relationships and how, in turn, social relationships feed back into the development of social identities.
Latest projects, cover topics such as personality self-knowledge and self-enhancement, the indirect assessment of personality and attraction, the assessment of narcissism and the popularity of narcissists, the accuracy of interpersonal judgments, personality and speed-dating, personality and the development of friendships, behavioral, affective, and cognitive state variability, as well as the development of personality and self-esteem in social context.

In teaching, we provide a comprehensive B.Sc.- and M.Sc.-program in personality psychology and psychological assessment, including lectures and courses on psychodiagnostics, test theory, differential psychology, performance, ability and personality tests, test construction, and psychological examination.

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New comment on xenophobia and fear of strangers by Jens Hellmann, Judith Knausenberger, Gerald Echterhoff, and Mitja Back is now published in a correspondence of Pax Christi. pdf

New Chapter by Mitja Back, Albrecht Küfner, & Marius Leckelt on "Early Impressions of Grandiose Narcissists: A Dual-Pathway Perspective" is now published In A. D. Hermann, A. Brunell, & J. Foster (Eds.), The Handbook of trait narcissism: Key advances, research methods, and controversies. New York, NY: Springer. pdf

Marius Leckelt contributed a quiz on narcissism to the ZEIT Online "Beat the Prof" section.