Department of Psychology Teaching Staff

Prof. Dr. habil. Ramzi Fatfouta

Professor Campus Berlin


B.Sc. Media- and Business Psychology

M.Sc. Business Psychology




  • Basics of psychology
  • Basics of business psychology

Research and Teaching Focus

  • Personnel psychology: Personnel selection, personnel development and aptitude diagnostics
  • Organizational psychology: Organizational climate, culture, and value management
  • Social and Personality Psychology: Narcissism and Social Relations
  • Implicit measures: Implicit Association Test (IAT)
  • Game theory and behavioral economics: Decision making and fairness

Curriculum Vitae


10/2019 University of Potsdam
Habilitation to Dr. phil. habil. | Acquisition of the teaching qualification (Venia Legendi) for the field of psychology
Cumulative habilitation thesis: Narcissism: Forms, facets, and features
09/2015 Free University Berlin
Fast track doctorate to Dr. phil. | Psychology (‘summa cum laude’)
Cumulative dissertation thesis: Dealing with interpersonal conflict: Psychological and neuroimaging investigations of forgiveness



Free University Berlin
M. Sc. Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (1.1)
Master thesis: So close to a deal: Spatial-distance cues influence economic decision-making in a social context


 Free University Berlin
B. Sc. Psychology (1.2)
Bachelor thesis: Predictive validity of implicit and explicit conscientiousness for the prediction of non-compliance in Ambulatory Assessment

Work experience

since 10/2020

 Professor in the Department of Psychology | HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Business, Berlin
02/2019 – today Principal HR Diagnostics & Development Concepts | Human Resources Center of Expertise | Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Berlin
10/2019 – 10/2020 Honorary lecturer for psychology | HMKW University of Applied Sciences for Media, Communication and Business, Berlin
03/2018 – 2/2020 Honorary lecturer for Human Resource Management, Business Psychology and Business Consulting & Digital Management | FOM University of Applied Sciences, Berlin 
01/2018 – 12/2018 Senior Consultant | Management Diagnostics & Development | Kienbaum Consultants International GmbH, Berlin
10/2016 – 12/2017   Consultant | Management Diagnostics & Development | Kienbaum Consultants International GmbH, Berlin
10/2015 – 09/2016 Senior Researcher | Research Group "Differential Psychology and Diagnostics” |  University of Potsdam, Potsdam
07/2015 – 09/2015 Senior Researcher | Research Group “Social Cognition”; Berlin School of Mind & Brain | Humboldt-University Berlin, Berlin

11/2012 – 09/2015

 Research Associate | Research Group “Biological Psychology & Cognitive Neuroscience ” | Free University Berlin, Berlin


Scientific publications


Fatfouta, R. & Oganian, Y. (submitted). Face masks drive increased rational decision-making

Fatfouta, R. & Schwarzinger, D. (submitted). A toxic mix: Explicit and implicit narcissism and counterproductive work behavior

Fatfouta, R., Rogoza, R., &, Zeigler-Hill, V. (submitted). Narcissistic Personality Features and Perceptions of Company Prestige: The Moderating Role of Top Employer Awards

Zeigler-Hill, V., Vonk, J, & Fatfouta, R. (submitted). Does Narcissus Prefer to be Alone? Narcissistic Personality Features and the Preference for Solitude

Rogoza, R., Zajenkowski, M., Di Sarno, M., Flakus, M., Baran, L., Di Pierro, R., .... Fatfouta, R. (submitted). I feel smart today! A daily diary study on narcissism and self-assessed intelligence.

Krammer, G., Rogoza, R., Jauk, E., Flakus, M., Baran, L., Di Sarno, M. … Fatfouta, R. (submitted). On the Within-Person Structure of Narcissism: A Multilevel Structural Equation Model Examination of Four Measures.


Fatfouta, R., & Heinze, P. E. (2022). Do bigger egos mean bigger presence? Facets of grandiose narcissism and mindfulness. Current Psychology.

Fatfouta, R. & Rogoza, R. (2021). Psychometric Properties and Factor Structure of the German Version of the Fear of COVID-19 Scale. OMEGA - Journal of Death and Dying.

Fatfouta, R., Rogoza, R., Brud, P. P., & Rentzsch, K. (2021). Too tempting to resist? Self-control moderates the relationship between narcissism and antisocial tendencies. Journal of Research in Personality.

Fatfouta, R., & Trope, Y. (2021). Keeping One's Distance: Mask wearing is implicitly associated with psychological distance. Social Psychological and Personality Science.

Fatfouta, R., Piotrowski, J., Żemojtel‐Piotrowska, M., & Kościelniak, M. (2021). Collective narcissism and explicit and implicit collective self-esteem revisited: A preregistered replication and extension. Journal of Research in Personality, 95, 104144.

Fatfouta, R., Sawicki, A., & Żemojtel‐Piotrowska, M. (in revision). Are individualistic societies really more narcissistic than collectivistic ones? A five-world region cross-cultural reexamination of narcissism and its facets. 

Fatfouta, R., & Ghoniem, A. (2021). Old, but gold? A dual‐pathway model of age bias in personnel selection decisions. Applied

Żemojtel‐Piotrowska, M., Piotrowski, J., Sedikides, C., Sawicki, A., Czarna, A. Z., Fatfouta, R., & Baran, T. (2021). Communal collective narcissism. Journal of

Fatfouta, R. (2021). What do they really want? Effects of the wording of job advertisements on narcissists’ perceptions of organizational attraction. Current Psychology, 1-11.

Heinze, E. P.*, Fatfouta, R.*, & Schröder-Abé, M. (2020). Validation of an implicit measure of antagonistic narcissism. Journal of Research in Personality. 10.1016/j.jrp.2020.103993 * shared fist authorship

Rogoza, R., & Fatfouta, R. (2020). Decoding the Narcissism-Charisma Link: A Facet Approach. Personality and Individual Differences.

Mota, S., Humberg, S., Krause, S., Fatfouta, R., Geukes, K., Schroeder-Abé, M., & Back, M. (2019). Unmasking Narcissus: A competitive test of existing hypotheses on (agentic, antagonistic, neurotic, and communal) narcissism and (explicit and implicit) self-esteem across 18 samples. Self and Identity. doi:10.1080/15298868.2019.162032

Kwiatkowska, M. M., Jułkowski, T., Rogoza, R., Żemojtel-Piotrowska, M., & Fatfouta, R. (2019). Narcissism and trust: Differential impact of agentic, antagonistic, and communal narcissism. Personality and Individual Differences, 137, 139-143. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2018.08.027

Fatfouta, R. (2018). Facets of narcissism and leadership: A tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde? Human Resource Management Review. doi:10.1016/j.hrmr.2018.10.002

Fatfouta, R. & Schröder-Abé, M. (2018). A wolf in sheep’s clothing? Communal narcissism and implicit self-views in the communal domain. Journal of Research in Personality, 76, 17-21. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.07.004

Rogoza, R., & Fatfouta, R. (2018). Normal and pathological communal narcissism in relation to personality traits and values. Personality and Individual Differences, 140, 76-81. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2018.03.039

Schröder-Abé*, M., & Fatfouta*, R. (2018). Shades of narcissistic dishonesty: Grandiose versus vulnerable narcissism and the role of self-conscious emotions. Journal of Economic Psychology. doi: 10.1016/j.joep.2018.06.003 * shared fist authorship

Fatfouta, R., Rentzsch, K., & Schröder-Abé, M. (2018). Narcissus oeconomicus: Facets of narcissism and socio-economic decision-making. Journal of Research in Personality. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.05.002

Fatfouta, R., & Schröder-Abé, M. (2018). Agentic to the core? Facets of narcissism and positive implicit self-views in the agentic domain. Journal of Research in Personality. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.02.006

Fatfouta, R., Zeigler-Hill, V., & Schröder-Abé, M. (2017). I’m merciful, am I not? Facets of narcissism and forgiveness revisited. Journal of Research in Personality, 70, 166-173. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2017.07.007

Fatfouta, R. (2017). To be alone or not to be alone? Facets of narcissism and preference for solitude. Personality and Individual Differences, 114, 1-4. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.03.047

Schröder-Abé, M. & Fatfouta, R. (2018). Implicit measures. In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. Shackelford (Hrsg.). The SAGE Handbook of Personality and Individual Differences. London: SAGE.

Fatfouta, R., & Schröder-Abé, M. (2017). I can see clearly now: Clarity of transgression-related motivations enhances narcissists' lack of forgiveness. Personality and Individual Differences, 105, 280-286. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.10.010

Fatfouta, R., Meshi, D., Merkl, A., & Heekeren, H. R. (2018). Accepting unfairness by a significant other is associated with reduced connectivity between medial prefrontal and dorsal anterior cingulate cortex. Social neuroscience, 13(1), 61-73. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2016.1252795

Fatfouta*, R., Schulreich*, S., Meshi, D., & Heekeren, H. R. (2015). So Close to a Deal: Spatial-Distance Cues Influence Economic Decision-Making in a Social Context. PLoS ONE, 10(8): e0135968. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0135968 * shared fist authorship

Fatfouta, R. (2015). How forgiveness affects processing time: Mediation by rumination about the transgression. Personality and Individual Differences, 82, 90-95. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2015.03.016

Fatfouta, R., Gerlach, T. M., Schröder-Abé, M., & Merkl, A. (2015). Narcissism and lack of interpersonal forgiveness: The mediating role of state anger, state rumination, and state empathy. Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 36-40. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2014.10.051

Fatfouta, R. & Merkl, A. (2014). Associations between obsessive–compulsive symptoms, revenge, and the perception of interpersonal transgressions. Psychiatry Research, 219(2), 316-321. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2014.05.038

Fatfouta, R., Schröder-Abé, M., & Merkl, A. (2014). Forgiving, fast and slow: Validity of the implicit association test for predicting differential response latencies in a transgression-recall paradigm. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1-14. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00728

Fatfouta, R., Jacobs, A., & Merkl, A. (2013). Towards a multifaceted understanding of revenge and forgiveness. The Behavioral And Brain Sciences, 36(1), 21-21. doi: 10.1017/s0140525x12000374

Articles for the general public

Heinze, P., & Fatfouta, R. (2021). Ich weiß, wie Du Dich fühlst: Sind Narzissten so empathisch, wie sie von sich behaupten? | Das InMind Magazin (04/2021) | 

Narzissmus digital und unverfälscht messen? Ein neuer Test soll es möglich machen [How to measure narcissism digitally and unaltered? A new test should make it possible] | Wirtschaftspsychologie heute (10/2020)

Gebt Egomanen eine Chance! [Give egomaniacs a chance!] | Point of view in the journal „Personalwirtschaft“ (09/2019)

Press releases

Mascherina, un vantaggio nelle negoziazioni? [Masks: An advantage in negotiations?] | (15.09.2020)

Besser entscheiden dank Maske [Better decisions thanks to masks] | Berner Zeitung (14.09.2020)

Mundschutz und Mimik: Entschuldigung, lächeln Sie? [Face masks and facial expressions: Excuse me, are you smiling?] | ZEIT Online (29.07.2020)

Wütend, traurig oder angeekelt? Masken schützen uns vor Corona – aber verhindern Emotionen und schaffen Distanz [Angry, sad or disgusted? Masks protect us from corona - but prevent emotions and create distance] | Focus (26.07.2020)

Studie: Mit Maske habt ihr eine andere Wirkung auf eure Gegenüber als ohne — wie euch das in Verhandlungen nutzen kann [Study: With a mask you have a different effect on your counterpart than without - how this can benefit you in negotiations] | Business Insider (23.07.2020)

Masken als Verhandlungshilfe [Masks as negotiation aid] | Süddeutsche Zeitung (15.07.2020)

We May Have Been Wrong About The Inner Workings of The Minds of Narcissists | ScienceAlert (16.07.2018)

A Commonly Held Theory On Why Narcissists Behave The Way They Do May Be Wrong | IFLScience! (16.07.2018)

How to Stop Narcissists From Talking About Themselves | Psychology Today (blog), (14.07.2018)

Study finds some types of narcissists are more prone to forgiveness than others | PsyPost (15.08.2017)

How to Help a Narcissist to Forgive | Greater Good Magazine (14.04.2015)

Presentations / talks

Rogoza, R., Flakus, M., Baran, L., & Fatfouta, R. (2022, July). Narcissistic Antagonism Scale – Development and initial validation of a new adjective-based measure. Poster presentation at the European Conference of Personality (ECP20), Madrid, Spain. 

Flakus, M., Rogoza, R., Baran, L., & Fatfouta, R. (2022, July). Narcissistic Antagonism Scale – Further validation of a new adjective-based measure. Poster presentation at the European Conference of Personality (ECP20), Madrid, Spain.

Fatfouta, R. & Schröder-Abé, M. (2022, May). Implicit self-concept of personality and Implicit Association Tests. Invited workshop at the 2nd International Conference on the topic “Between Narcissism and Entitlement: Self-Enhancement in a Cross-Cultural Perspective”, Warsaw, Poland.

Fatfouta, R. (2017, January). Eignungsdiagnostik als Beratungsleistung [Aptitude diagnostics as a consulting service]. Invited talk at the SRH University of Applied Sciences Berlin, Germany.

Fatfouta, R., & Schröder-Abé, M. (2016, September). I’m merciful, am I not? Narcissism and the implicit self-concept of forgiveness. Poster presented at the 50. Congress of the German Psychological Association (DGPS), Leipzig, Germany.

Fatfouta, R. (2016, June). Alternative methods for assessing forgiveness: Evidence from direct, indirect, and behavioral measures. Invited talk held at the Tel Aviv University – Free University Berlin research workshop on “Posttraumatic Stress, Revengefulness, and Reconciliation”, Berlin, Germany.

Fatfouta, R. & Schröder-Abé, M. (2016, July). I can see clearly now: Clarity of transgression-related motivations enhances the relationship between narcissism and lack of forgiveness. In M. Schröder-Abé (Chair), Narcissism in interpersonal conflict: Moderating variables and mediating processes. Talk held at the invited symposium on the 19th Annual Meeting of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research (SITAR), Berlin, Germany.

Fatfouta, R. & Schröder-Abé, M. (2016, July). I can see clearly now: Clarity of transgression-related motivations enhances the relationship between narcissism and lack of forgiveness. In M. Allemand (Chair), Effects of Dispositional Forgiveness in the Lab and in Daily Life. Talk held at the invited symposium on the 18th European Conference on Personality (ECP), Timisoara, Romania.

Fatfouta, R., Gerlach, T.M., & Schröder-Abé, M. (2016, May). When apologies are not enough: Narcissism, lack of forgiveness, and the role of conciliatory gestures. Poster presented at the 28th Association of Psychological Science (APS), Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Fatfouta, R., Meshi, D., Merkl, A., & Heekeren, H. R. (2015, March). Social distance modulates neural correlates of fairness. Poster presented at the International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS), Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fatfouta, R., Schröder-Abé, M., & Merkl, A. (2015, February). Forgiveness and unforgiving motives: The moderating role of response speed. Poster presented at the 16th Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Long Beach, California, USA.

Fatfouta, R., Meshi, D., Merkl, A., & Heekeren, H. R. (2014, June). Interpersonal closeness modulates altruistic punishment in economic decision-making. In H. R. Heekeren & R. Saxe (Chairs), The Social Neuroscience of Autism. Talk held at the invited symposium at Free University Berlin, Germany.

Fatfouta, R., Schröder-Abé. M., & Merkl, A. (2014, February). Forgiving, fast and slow: Implicit and explicit forgiveness predict item response latencies in a transgression-recall paradigm. Poster presented at the 15th Annual Conference of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), Austin, Texas, USA.

Fatfouta, R., & Merkl, A. (2013, November). Vergebung und implizites Selbstkonzept: Validierung eines Impliziten Assoziationstests (IAT) zur Messung der Vergebungsbereitschaft [Forgiveness and Implicit Self-Concept: Validating an Implicit Association Test (IAT) of Forgiveness]. Poster presented at the Congress of the German Association for Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics (DGPPN), Berlin, Germany.

Fatfouta, R., & Merkl, A. (2013, August). Slow to Anger, Quick to Forgive: Exploring the Implicit Self-Concept of Forgiveness. Poster presented at the 18th Conference of the European Society for Cognitive Psychology (ESCOP), Budapest, Hungary.

Advanced training

2017-2018 Systemic Personal & Business Coach (European Coaching Association [ECA]) | Coaching Academy Berlin
2017 Hogan Assessment Systems (Personality Diagnostics according to Robert Hogan) | metaBeratung Düsseldorf


  • German Psychological Society (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Psychologie e.V.)
  • Ernst-Reuter-Society (Ernst-Reuter-Gesellschaft e. V.)