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Magdalena Żemojtel-Piotrowska

Ph.D., full professor

Head of Cross-Cultural Psychology Centre



Full professor at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, Poland, Institute of Psychology, head of CSWU Cross-Cultural Psychology Centre, head of cross-cultural psychology unit. Interested 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; Self-enhancement during the COVID-19 (2020) - 61 countries.

Research interest:

Cross-cultural psychology, social psychology, political psychology.


  • narcissism

  • perception of social world,

  • entitlement attitudes,

  • subjective well-being,

  •  materialism

  • cultural adaptation of methods

  • statistical analysis (SEM, MGCFA)

  • spirituality,

  •  values.




Toward Circumplex model of narcissism (2018-2022). 2017/26/E/HS6/00282  Sonata Bis 7. Grant awarded by Polish National Science Center. Amount: 1 726 000 PLN (412, 810 EUR)

Agency-communion model of collective narcissism. Antecedents, correlates and consequences (2017-2019). 2016/21/B/HS6/01069, Opus 11. Grant awarded by Polish National Science Center. Amount: 246 675 PLN (58, 997 EUR).





  1. Nowak, B., Brzóska, P. Żemojtel-Piotrwoska, M., Piotrowski, J., & Jonason, P. (2023). They will (not) deceive us! The role of agentic and communal national narcissism in shaping the attitudes to Ukrainian refugees in Poland. Personality and Individual Differences, 208(112184):1-6.

  2. Jonason, P., Czerwiński, S. (…) Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., (2022). Millieu effects on the Dark Triad traits and their sex differences in 49 countries Personality and Individual Differences,197:111796

  3. Jovanovic, V., Rudnev., M., Iqbal, N., Rice, S., & Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2022). Cross-Cultural Measurement of Positive and Negative Emotions in Adolescence: Evidence from Three Countries. Journal of Happiness Studies, 23(7), 3143-3160.

  4. Jovanovic, V., Rudnev, M. (…) Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Żukauskiene, R. (2022). The Satisfaction with Life Scale in Adolescent Samples: Measurement Invariance across 24 countries and regions, age, and gender. Applied Research in Quality of Life, advance online.

  5. Sawicki, A., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Balcerowska, J., (…) (2022). The Fear of COVID-19 Scale: Its structure and measurement invariance across 48 Countries. Psychological Assessment, 34, 294-310.

  6. Jovanovic, V., (…) Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2022). Measurement invariance of the Scale of Positive and Negative Experience (SPANE) across 13 Countries. Assessment, 29(1);1507-1521.

  7. Nowak, B., Brzóska, P. Piotrowski,. J., & Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2022). Narcissism and personal values: Investigation into agentic, antagonistic, communal, and neurotic facets of narcissism. Personality and Individual Differences, 184.

  8. Fatfouta, R., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., & Kościelniak, M. (2021). Collective narcissism and explicit and implicit collective self-esteem revisited: A preregistered replication and extension. Journal of Research in Personality, advance online.

  9. Fatfouta, R., Sawicki, A., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2021). Are individualistic societies really more narcissistic than collectivistic ones? A five-world region cross-cultural reexamination of narcissism and its facets. Personality and Individual Differences, 183(111163). 10.1016/j.paid.2021.111163

  10. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Sawicki, A. (2021). Religiosity, spirituality, national narcissism, and prejudice toward refugees and sexual minorities in Poland. Psychology of Religion & Spirituality. Advance online publication.

  11. Gąsiorowska, W., Sioch, M., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2021). Narcissism, social support, and loneliness during the pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences, 181,

  12. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Sedikides, C., Sawicki, A., Czarna, A. Fatfouta, R., Baran, T. (2021). Communal collective narcissism. Journal of Personality, 89(5), 1060-1082.

  13. Sękowski, M., Subramanian, Ł., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2021). Are narcissists resilient? Examining grandiose and vulnerable narcissism in the context of a three-dimensional model of resilience. Current Psychology,

  14. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J. Sawicki, A., Jonason, P.K. (2022). We will rescue Italy but we dislike the European Union: Collective narcissism and the COVID-19 threat. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 25(4), 892-901.

  15. Subramanian, Ł., Sękowski, M., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2020). Behavioral Inhibition System (BIS), Behavioral Activation System (BAS), and Grandiose Facets of Narcissism. Current Psychology,

  16. Nowak, B., Brzóska, P., Piotrowski, J., Sedikides, C., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Jonason, P.K.  (2020). Adaptive and maladaptive behavior during the COVID-19 pandemic: The roles of Dark Triad traits, collective narcissism, and health beliefs. Personality and Individual Differences, 167,

  17. Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2020). Spiritual transcendence and helping behavior: Helping toward ingroups and outgroups. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. Advance online.

  18. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Jonason, P.K., Sawicki, A. (2020). Dark personality, political values, and prejudice: Testing a dual process model of prejudice towards refugees. Personality and Individual Differences, 166,

  19. Jonason, P., Żemojtel-Piotrowska M., Piotrowski, J., Sedikides, C., Campbell, K.W., Gebauer, J., Maltby, J. et al. (2020). Country-Level Correlates of the Dark Triad traits in 49 Countries. Journal of Personality, 88, 1252-1267.

  20. Rogoza, R., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Jonason, P., Piotrowski, J., W. K. Campbell, Gebauer, J. et al. (2020). Structure of Dark Triad across eight world regions. Assessment. 10.1177/1073191120922611

  21. Piotrowski, J., & Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2020). Relationship between numinous constructs and values. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality.   doi: 10.1037/rel0000306

  22. Datu, J A., McInerney, D.M., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Hitokoto, H., & Datu, N. (2021). Is grittiness next to happiness? Examining the association of triarchic model of grit dimensions with well-being outcomes. Journal of Happiness Studies, 22, 981-1009.

  23. Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piedmont, R., & Baran, T. (2019). The Assessment of Spirituality and Religious Sentiments (ASPIRES) Scale: Examining a spiritual transcendence nomological net in Polish context. Psychology of Religion & Spirituality. doi: 10.1037/rel0000273

  24. Różycka-Tran, J., Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., (…), Maltby, J. (2019). Belief in life in zero-sum game and subjective well-being across 35 countries. Current Psychology, 1-10.

  25. Piotrowski, J., Różycka-Tran, J. Baran, T., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2019). Zero-sum thinking as mediator of the relationship of national attitudes with (un)willingness to host refugees in own country. International Journal of Psychology, 54, 722-730.

  26. Różycka-Tran, J., Jurek, P., Olech, M., Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M. (2018). 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

  27. Kwiatkowska, M., Jułkowski, T., Rogoza, R., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Fatfouta, R. (2018). Narcissism and trust: Differential impact of agentic, antagonistic and communal narcissism. Personality and Individual Differences, 137, 139-143.

  28. Rogoza, R., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Kwiatkowska, M., Kwiatkowska, K. (2018). The bright, the dark and the blue face of narcissism: The spectrum of narcissism in its relations to the metatraits of personality, self-esteem, and the nomological network of shyness, loneliness and empathy. Frontiers in Psychology. 9:343.

  29. 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.

  30. Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Clinton, A. (2018). Transcendence as a buffer against death anxiety. Current Psychology,.

  31. 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, 74, 1742-1758.  DOI: 10.1002/jclp.22626

  32. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M.,, Piotrowski, J., Osin, E., (…), Maltby, J. (2018). The Mental Health Continuum – Short Form: The structure and application for cross-cultural studies – a 38 nation study. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 74(6), 1034-1052. 

  33. 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, 54, 406-413. DOI: 10.1002/ijop.12470

  34. 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.

  35. 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.

  36. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Cieciuch, J. (…) Wills-Herrera, E. (2017). Measurement of psychological entitlement in 28 countries. European Journal of Psychological Assessment, 33, 207-217.

  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Clinton, A. (2015).  Materialism, Subjective Well-being and Psychological Entitlement: Interplay between Materialism and Social Functioning. Ceskoslovenska Psychologie, 59, 60-70.

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

  42. Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Clinton, A. (2015). Agency, communion and three forms of entitlement. International Journal of Psychology, 51, 196-204.

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