Anna Czarna, Magdalena Śmieja & team in ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’

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Popularity in group is a major concern for some. But who exactly is popular – e.g. does narcissism or emotional intelligence (EI) has anything to do with it? Anna Czarna and Magdalena Śmieja from our Centre together with the team ran a longitudinal study on a sample of 273 students to answer this question. Using inferential network analysis they found that although people high in narcissism were popular, they gained less popularity over time than people low in narcissism. The opposite trend was observed for emotional intelligence – people high on this dimension increased popularity more than those low on EI. The effect held even controlled for self-esteem. The article published in ‘Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin’ is available here (full version).