Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences

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| Editors: Virgil Zeigler-Hill, Todd K. Shackelford

Czarna, Anna

  • Anna CzarnaEmail author
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_2138-1


Personality Trait Emotional Regulation Evolutionary Psychology Keen Interest Social Perception 
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Anna Z. Czarna

is an Assistant Professor in Social-Personality Psychology at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow, Poland. Her research has focused on understanding narcissism and other dark personality traits, in particular in how they impact intra- and interpersonal functioning.

Educational Background

Dr. Czarna earned her BA in Journalism and Social Communication in 2004 and MA in Psychology in 2006 from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and her PhD in Social-Personality Psychology in 2013 from Wroclaw University, Poland. Czarna worked under the supervision of Prof. Andrzej Szmajke for her MA and PhD. Since 2011 she has been a member of Centre for Social and Cognitive Studies in Krakow, a research group led by Prof. Małgorzata Kossowska.

Professional Career

After earning her PhD, in years 2014–2015, Dr. Czarna worked as a postdoctoral fellow in collaboration with Carolyn C. Morf at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Since 2016, she has been an Assistant Professor of Social-Personality Psychology at the Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland. She has authored 16 publications to date, which have appeared in outlets such as Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Social Psychological and Personality Science, Journal of Research in Personality, Emotion and Motivation, Personality and Individual Differences, Journal of Social Psychology, and Evolutionary Psychology. She has been the principal investigator on four national-level research grants focused on the study of dark personality traits and their impact on intra- and interpersonal functioning.

Research Interests

Dr. Czarna’s research has focused on social, cognitive, and affective correlates and consequences of narcissism and other dark triad traits. She has applied network analytic methods to the study of narcissists’ behavior and their changing status in peer groups. She is also interested in emotional regulation, social perception, self-insight and its accuracy, and various ways to develop a “quiet ego.” She endorses a dynamic perspective on personality and researching personality “in action” (person–situation interaction). Finally, she has a keen interest in statistical methods for analyzing longitudinal and network data and works toward demonstrating the utility of network analysis for social and personality psychology.

Selected Bibliography

  1. Czarna, A. Z., Dufner, M., & Clifton, A. D. (2014). The effects of vulnerable and grandiose narcissism on liking-based and disliking-based centrality in social networks. Journal of Research in Personality, 50, 42–45. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2014.02.004.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. Czarna, A. Z., Wróbel, M., Dufner, M., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (2015). Narcissism and emotional contagion: Do Narcissists “Catch” the emotions of others? Social Psychological and Personality Science, 6(3), 318–324. doi:10.1177/1948550614559652.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  3. Czarna, A. Z., Leifeld, P., Śmieja, M., Dufner, M., & Salovey, P. (2016, in press). Do narcissism and emotional intelligence win us friends? Modeling dynamics of peer popularity using inferential network analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.Google Scholar
  4. Dufner, M., Rauthmann, J. F., Czarna, A. Z., & Denissen, J. J. A. (2013). Are Narcissists sexy? Zeroing in on the link between narcissism and short-term mate appeal. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 39, 870–882. doi:10.1177/0146167213483580.CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Jagiellonian UniversityKrakowPoland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Virgil Zeigler-Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Oakland UniversityOaklandUSA