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Jarosław Piotrowski

Ph.D., assistant professor



Assistant professor at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland, Institute of Psychology. Interested in studying numinous constructs and in cross-cultural studies on entitlement, narcissism and subjective well-being. Leader of project in cross-cultural research: Psychological entitlement and values – conducted in 28 countries (2010-2012); Entitlement attitudes and subjective well-being (2014-2015) – 42 countries, Narcissism(s) and self-esteem(s) in the cross-cultural perspective (2016-2017) – 56 countries.


Research interest:


Cross-cultural psychology, social psychology, psychology of spirituality and religiosity.

Examples of topics of interest:

Associations between numinous constructs and social functioning (prosocial and antisocial behavior)

Forms of narcissism and its correlates

Spirituality and well-being

Cultural adaptation of scales

Death attitudes, their predecessors and consequences


Religiosity and spirituality as determinants of hedonistic and eudaimonistic well-being (2018). 2017/01/X/HS6/01320 „Miniatura” Grant awarded by Polish National Science Center.


Selected publications:



Piotrowski, J. (2018). Transcendencja duchowa. Perspektywa psychologiczna. Warszawa: Liberi Libri. (




Różycka-Tran, J., Jurek, P., Olech, M., Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2019). A Warrior Society: Data from 30 Countries show that Belief in a Zero-Sum Game is related to Military Expenditure and Low Civil Liberties. Frontiers in Psychology, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.02645


Piotrowski, J., Różycka-Tran, J. Baran, T., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2018). Zero-Sum Thinking as Mediator of the Relationship of National Attitudes with (Un)willingness to Host Refugees in own Country. International Journal of Psychology, advance online. DOI:10.1002/ijop.12538


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Pers, P. Tomiałowicz, E., Clinton, A. (2018). Narcissism and its relationship with counterproductive work behavior: Mediational effects of psychological entitlement and subjective well-being. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 49, 4, 442-448.


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Rogoza, R., (…), Maltby, J. (2018). Cross-cultural invariance of NPI-13: Entitlement as culturally specific, leadership and grandiosity as culturally universal. International Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12487


Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Clinton, A. (2018). Transcendence as a buffer against death anxiety. Current Psychology, 2018(2), online first. DOI: 10.1007/s12144-018-9810-1


Rogoza, R., Rózycka-Tran, J., Truong, K.H., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J. (2018). Psychometric properties of the MHC-SF: An integration of the existing measurement approaches. Journal of Clinical Psychology, online first. DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22626


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M.,, Piotrowski, J., Osin, E., (…), Maltby, J. (2017). The Mental Health Continuum – Short Form: The structure and application for cross-cultural studies – a 38 nation study. Journal of Clinical Psychology, online first. 


Różycka-Tran, J., Jurek, P., Olech, M., Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2017). Measurement invariance of Belief in Life as Zero-Sum Game in 36 countries. International Journal of Psychology, online first.


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Marganski, A., Baran, T., & Piotrowski, J. (2017).  Corruption and Sexual Scandal: The Importance of Politician Gender. Anales de Psicologia, 33, 133-141.


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Cieciuch, J., Adams, B., Osin, E. (...) Maltby, J. (2017). Measurement invariance of Personal Well-being Index (PWI-8) across 26 countries. Journal of Happiness Studies, 18, 1697-1711.


Rogoza, R., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Rogoza, M., Piotrowski, J., Wyszyńska, P. (2016). Narcissistic admiration and rivalry in the context of personality metatraits. Personality and Individual Differences, 102, 180-185.


Maltby, J., Day, L. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., (…), Flowe, J. (2016). An ecological systems model of resilience: Cross-cultural and clinical relevance. Personality and Individual Differences, 98, 96-101.


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Czarna, A., Piotrowski, J., Baran, T., & Maltby, J. (2016). Structural validity of the Communal Narcissism Inventory (CNI): The bifactor model. Personality and Individual Differences, 90, 315-320.  doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.11.036


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Cieciuch, J., Calogero, R., Van Hiel, A.,  Argentero, P., Baltatescu, S. (…) & Wills-Herrera, E. (2017). Measurement of psychological entitlement in 28 countries. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 33, 207-217. doi: 10.1027/1015-5759/a000286


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., & Clinton, A. (2015). Agency, communion and entitlement. International Journal of Psychology, 51, 196-204. doi:10.1002/ijop.12140 


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., & Maltby, J. (2015). Agentic and communal narcissism and satisfaction with life: The mediating role of psychological entitlement and self-esteem.   International Journal of Psychology, 52, 420-424. doi: 10.1002/ijop.12245


Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., & Clinton, A. (2015).  Materialism, subjective well-being and psychological entitlement: Interplay between materialism and social functioning. Ceskoslovenska Psychologie, 59, Supplement 1, 56-66.


Piotrowski, J., Wojciszke, B. (2015). Agentic thinking about others makes them closer. Polish Psychological Bulletin, 46, 4, 523-534.


Lee, S., Piotrowski, J., Różycka, J., & Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2013). Associations between death fascination, death anxiety, and religion among Polish college students.  Polish Psychological Bulletin, 44, 439-448.

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