Psychology

Constantine Sedikides

BA, MA, PhD

Primary position:
Professor of Social and Personality Psychology
Other positions:
Director, Centre for Research on Self Identity

Background

The University of Southampton

Constantine Sedikides graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, in 1982. He received a Master’s degree in developmental psychology from Fordham University, USA, in 1984; a Master’s degree in social psychology from The Ohio State University, USA, in 1986; and his Ph.D. in social psychology from The Ohio State University in 1988. Constantine began his academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, as an assistant professor from 1988 to 1993. In 1993, he moved, as an associate professor, to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, and was promoted to full professor in 1997. Two years later, he joined the School of Psychology, University of Southampton, England, as chair in Social and Personality Psychology. Currently, Constantine is the Director of the Center for Research on Self and Identity. Constantine's research interests are mainly in the area of self and identity. His current work focuses on (1) self-evaluation motives (self-enhancement, self-protection, self-improvement) motivation, (2) cultural influences on self-evaluation motives, (3) narcissism, (4) implicit and explicit strategies deployed to protect the self against threatening feedback, (5) the self in relational an organizational contexts, and (6) the self-relevant emotion of nostalgia. Research in these and other topics has resulted in over 250 publications, including 11 volumes. Constantine is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the American Psychological Society, the British Psychological Society, the Society for Experimental Social Psychology, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. He is the past president of the International Society for Self and Identity, has served on international grant panels and the editorial board of various journals, and has co-edited the journal Psychological Inquiry. He has also received numerous awards, including the Kurt Lewin Medal for Outstanding Scientific Contribution from the European Association of Social Psychology (2011), the Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge from The British Psychological Society (2012), and the Distinguished Service Award from the International Society for Self and Identity (2010). In 2013, he was elected an Academician by the Academy of Social Sciences for Significant Contribution to Social Sciences.

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Research

Research Interests

Constantine's research interests are mainly in the area of self and identity. His current work focuses on

  •  self-evaluation motives (self-enhancement, self-protection, self-improvement) motivation,
  • cultural influences on self-evaluation motives,
  • narcissism,
  • implicit and explicit strategies deployed to protect the self against threatening feedback,
  • the self in relational an organizational contexts,
  • the self-relevant emotion of nostalgia. Research in these and other topics has resulted in over 200 publications, as well as 11 volumes.
Other research projects

 Nostalgia This website presents a brief overview of the emotion of nostalgia.

Primary research group:  Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)

Research projects

S:elf

Moving people toward felt-security

Narcissism and Empathy

Narcissism and consumer behaviour

Narcissism in developmental context

Nostalgia Provides Existential Comfort

Using nostalgia to reduce ageism

Anticipated nostalgia

Responsibilities

I am Head of the Social and Personality Psychology Research Group (founded in 1999) and the Director of the Centre for Research on Self and Identity (founded in 2000).I am also a member of several committees, such as the Academic Unit Management Group and the Research and Enterprise Committee.

 

Teaching Responsibilities

My main teaching interests are on self and identity.

Contact

Professor Constantine Sedikides
School of Psychology
Shackleton Building (B44)
University of Southampton
Highfield Campus
Southampton SO17 1BJ

cs2@soton.ac.uk
023 80596796