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 paper by Efstathios Grapsas, Eddie Brummelmann, Mitja D. Back and Jaap Denissen: "The “why” and “how” of narcissism: A process model of narcissistic status pursuit" is now published in Perspectives on Psychological Science.
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New book chapter by Katharina Geukes, Stephanie J. Hanrahan and Mitja D. Back is now published in J. Schüler, M. Wegner, & H. Plessner (Eds.), Sportpsychologie - Grundlagen und Anwendung: "Person, Situation und Person-Situation-Interaktion im Sport."
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New paper by Eunike Wetzel, Frieder Lang, Mitja D. Back, Michele Vecchione, Radosław Rogoza and Brent Roberts: "Measurement invariance of three narcissism questionnaires across the US, the UK, and Germany" is now in press in Assessment.
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