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Professor Constantine Sedikides BA, MA, PhD

Professor of Social and Personality Psychology, Director, Centre for Research on Self Identity

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Professor Constantine Sedikides is Professor of Social and Personality Psychology within Psychology Department at University of Southampton.

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Constantine's research is on self and identity (including narcissism) and their interplay with emotion (especially nostalgia) as well as motivation, close relationships, and group or organizational processes. This research has been supported by grants from many national and international funding agencies, such as Economic and Social Research Council, Leverhulme Trust, British Academy, and National Institute of Health. The research has culminated in over 400 publications and 15 volumes. Constantine has received several awards, including Ambady Award for Mentoring Excellence (Society for Personality and Social Psychology), Daniel M. Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize (Society for Personality and Social Psychology), Distinguished Lifetime Career Award (International Society for Self and Identity), Kurt Lewin Medal for Outstanding Scientific Contribution (European Association of Social Psychology), and The Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge (The British Psychological Society). He is also a Fellow of The British Academy, the American Psychological Association, Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and other professional societies. Before joining University of Southampton as Director of the Centre for Research on Self and Identity, Constantine taught at University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. He holds a PhD from Ohio State University, USA, and a BA from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

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.

Research group

Centre for Research on Self and Identity (CRSI)

Research project(s)

S:elf - Dormant

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

Colours for Feelings

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 Psychology Management Group and the Research and Enterprise Committee.


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My main teaching interests are on self and identity.

I teach part of, or coordinate, four modules:

  • PY1055 (Classic Topics in Psychology)
  • PY1009 (Introduction to Psychology)
  • PY3003 (Literature Review)
  • PY3005 (Project)
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