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 Editorial by Mitja Back "The structure and dynamics of (research on) personality and personality disorders: A Joint Journey" is now published in the European Journal of Personality. pdf

Two chapters of our team on “The Narcissistic Admiration and Rivalry Concept“ and “Early impressions of grandiose narcissists: A dual-pathway perspective” are now published in “The Handbook of trait narcissism: Key advances, research methods, and controversies”  pdf1  pdf2

New paper by Marius Leckelt, David Richter, Carsten Schröder, Albrecht Küfner, Markus Grabka, and Mitja Back "The rich are different: Unraveling the perceived and self-reported personality profiles of high net-worth individuals " is now in press in the British Journal of Psychology. pdf