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Dr E. (Eddie) Brummelman

Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
Programme group: Developmental psychopathology

Visiting address
  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 127
Postal address
  • Postbus 15776
    1001 NG Amsterdam
Contact details
  • Research

    We become ourselves through others.
    Vygotsky (1964, p. 43)

    From a young age, children form views of themselves as a person. How do they form such views? Guided by the idea that we become ourselves through others, I believe that social processes lie at the heart of children’s self-views.

    My research focuses on the socialization of the self—how social processes shape children’s self-views, such as narcissism and self-esteem, and how these processes can be altered to help children flourish. Doing so, I seek to simultaneously advance our understanding of the self and develop interventions that bring about positive change in children’s real-world lives.

    As such, my research lies at the intersection of social, developmental, clinical, and educational psychology. I am committed to theory-driven research in both laboratory and field settings.

  • Contact

    Eddie Brummelman
    University of Amsterdam
    Research Institute of Child Development and Education
    P.O. box 15780
    1001 NG Amsterdam
    The Netherlands

    Phone: +31655402753


  • In the news

    For media coverage, please see my personal website.

  • Publications

    For a complete list of my publications, please see my personal website.

  • Publications


    • Brummelman, E., Thomaes, S., & Sedikides, C. (Accepted/In press). Narcissism: A social-developmental perspective. In V. Zeigler-Hill, & T. D. Shackelford (Eds.), Encyclopedia of personality and individual differences London: Springer International Publishing.



    • Brummelman, E. (2018). Praise. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Lifespan Human Development (Vol. 4). Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE reference. [details]
    • Brummelman, E. (2018). The emergence of narcissism and self-esteem: A social-cognitive approach. The European Journal of Developmental Psychology, 15(6), 756-767. [details]
    • Brummelman, E., Gürel, C., Thomaes, S., & Sedikides, C. (2018). What separates narcissism from self-esteem? A social-cognitive perspective. In A. D. Hermann, A. Brunell, & J. Foster (Eds.), The Handbook of trait narcissism: Key advances, research methods, and controversies New York, NY: Springer.
    • Brummelman, E., Nikolić, M., & Bögels, S. M. (2018). What's in a blush? Physiological blushing reveals narcissistic children's social-evaluative concerns. Psychophysiology, 55(10), [e13201]. [details]
    • Nikolić , M., Brummelman, E., Colonnesi, C., de Vente, W., & Bögels, S. M. (2018). When gushing leads to blushing: Inflated praise leads socially anxious children to blush. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 106, 1-7. [details]
    • Thomaes, S., & Brummelman, E. (2018). Parents’ socialization of narcissism in Children. In A. D. Hermann, A. B. Brunell, & J. D. Foster (Eds.), Handbook of Trait Narcissism: Key advances, Research Methods, and Controversies (pp. 143-148). Cham: Springer. [details]





    • Brummelman, E., Thomaes, S., Orobio de Castro, B., Overbeek, G., & Bushman, B. J. (2014). 'That’s Not Just Beautiful—That’s Incredibly Beautiful!': The Adverse Impact of Inflated Praise on Children With Low Self-Esteem . Psychological Science, 25(3), 728-735. [details]
    • Brummelman, E., Thomaes, S., Overbeek, G., Orobio de Castro, B., van den Hout, M. A., & Bushman, B. J. (2014). On feeding those hungry for praise: person praise backfires in children with low self-esteem. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 143(1), 9-14. [details]
    • Brummelman, E., Thomaes, S., Walton, G. M., Poorthuis, A. M. G., Overbeek, G., Orobio de Castro, B., & Bushman, B. J. (2014). Unconditional Regard Buffers Children’s Negative Self-Feelings. Pediatrics, 134(6), 1119-1126. [details]


    • Brummelman, E., & Dweck, C. S. (Accepted/In press). Paradoxical effects of praise: A transactional model. In E. Brummelman (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on praise Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
    • Brummelman, E., & Grapsas, E. (Accepted/In press). Can praise contribute to narcissism in children? In E. Brummelman (Ed.), Psychological perspectives on praise Abingdon, UK: Routledge.
    • Crocker, J., & Brummelman, E. (2019). The Self: Dynamics of Persons and Their Situations. In K. Deaux, & M. Snyder (Eds.), The Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology:   (2nd ed., pp. 265-287). (Oxford Library of Psychology). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. [details]


    • Thomaes, S., & Brummelman, E. (2016). Narcissism. In D. Cicchetti (Ed.), Developmental psychopathology. - Volume 3: Maladaptation and Psychopathology (3 ed., pp. 679-725). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. [details]


    • Brummelman, E. (2019). Das Lob-Paradox: Wie gut gemeinte Worte nach hinten losgehen. Das Kind.


    • Brummelman, E. (2016). Narcistische kinderen. De Psycholoog, 51(1), 10-19. [details]


    • Brummelman, E., Chmitorz, A., Fernandez, G., Helmreich, I., Hermans, D., Hermans, E., & Wessa, M. A statement of the international resilience alliance ( on perspectives for the Horizon2020 work programme 2018-2020. White paper submitted to the European Union Horizon2020 work programme.


    • Brummelman, E. (2018). Paul van Geert award.
    • Brummelman, E. (2018). National Postdoc Prize.
    • Brummelman, E. (2018). Nationale Postdocprijs.
    • Brummelman, E. (2017). Rising Star Award.
    • Brummelman, E. (2017). The George Butterworth Young Scientist Award.

    Media appearance

    • Ridderinkhof, A., de Bruin, E. I., Brummelman, E. & Bögels, S. M. (17-05-2017). Brief mindfulness training does not foster empathy, and can even make narcissists worse [Web]. Does mindfulness meditation increase empathy? An experiment. [blog post].

    Journal editor

    • Brummelman, E. (editor) (2019-). Child Development (Journal).
    • Brummelman, E. (editor) (2017). Journal of Abnormal Psychology (Journal).
    • Brummelman, E. (editor) (2017). Child Development (Journal).

    Talk / presentation

    • Ridderinkhof, A. (speaker), de Bruin, E. I. (speaker), Brummelman, E. (speaker) & Bögels, S. M. (speaker) (24-11-2017). Does mindfulness meditation increase empathy? An experiment, VNOP-ISED-CAS Research Days 2017.
    • Ridderinkhof, A. (speaker), de Bruin, E. I. (speaker), Brummelman, E. (speaker) & Bögels, S. M. (speaker) (19-5-2017). Does mindfulness meditation increase empathy? An experiment., Landelijk Mindfulness Symposium, Nijmegen, Netherlands.
    • Gürel, C. (speaker), Brummelman, E. (speaker) & Overbeek, G. (speaker) (11-11-2016). Be the best I can be: Reducing narcissistic aggression in youth by encouraging self-comparison [poster], VNOP-ISED-CAS Research Days.
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