I’m a psychology PhD student studying effects of personality on prejudice and aggression. I always wanted to share my experience in education and hopefully to inspire future generation to study psychology. Instead of pointing and telling, I want to show you world of personality psychology through my eyes. I have a wonderful husband who is a head chef, and taught me how to understand food and use very ingredient with love and care. I’m also a proud dog mom of 2 adorable beagles, Smeagol and Brioche. They showed me what unconditional love and support is, and got me through some of the toughest time of my life. Check out their Instagram @naughty_beagles_story 🐾Let’s share and talk about our experience in education, work or just life. I’m here to listen and to help how ever much I can. Looking forward to your future messages and questions 👊
“You are not alone in this”
For something that almost every student will experience whilst at university, especial during your PhD, loneliness is not a thing that students talk about on a daily basis. PhD during pandemic is hard enough without the added stress of holiness and anxiety. Recently I had an idea that I decide to put out there in Twitterverse to see how any people felt the same way I did, and boy did I get a reply. Within few hours my tweet went more or less viral with 834 likes, 155 retweets, 101 comments and over 100 private messages from PhD students from all around the world. I wasn’t alone and I felt like all these students needed a safe place to express themselves, share their knowledge and just get away from their PhD for a moment. From that single tweet the PhD Support Group was born.
During your postgraduate studies, whether its PhD or Masters or MPhil, you put yourself under immense amount of a stress, and this stress can cause variety of issues anxiety, depression, isolation and so on. Feeling this way is completely normal. We all feel this way sometimes and there is nothing to be embarrassed about. Firstly, I want to emphasis that maybe not everyone will experience loneliness at university, and it definitely should not be a deciding factor that puts you off moving away for university or even going at all. Secondly, most people, including myself, felt that experience because there are bound to be moments where we as students don’t feel that same excitement or motivation to be at university anymore. Such feelings comes and goes, the more you socialise with you peers, supervisors and students, the less alone you feel, however during pandemic the only way of socialising is online, and for some people it is not enough, not enough to keep them going and motivate them to study and progress in their research. Thus, if you ever feel alone reach out to people, remember everyone needs support system even if it’s strangers who are in the same boat as you.
I have previously spoken about being dyslexic academic but never in my wildest dreams I thought my posts would reach so many. I must admit getting my dyslexia diagnosis helped me to understand why I was struggling academically, what my strengths and weaknesses are, and how to play to my strengths. If you have a learning difference, particularly dyslexia, my advice to you is to consider how severely dyslexic you are and find your own strengths and weaknesses. If I can do it, so can you! Never let anyone discourage you from your dreams.
I just wanted to share some exciting news with you all. I got accepted into first of it’s kind Early Career Researcher Confrenece on the 24th of September and I will be presenting about my current research on understudy the role of personality in prejudice and aggression. This event is for everyone and it will be something very special, as people from all over the world and from different fields will be presenting. There will be something for everyone. Please join us by registering your interest via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScA88DEuCTe35Vb-YF2b3yICsC6Hv4ASOHYxdJ1SmA5MxWsEA/viewform?usp=send_form it is free to attend! Hope to see many of you there!
Have a wonderful day 🐧
Elena, what is your research about you are currently working on? Would you share your first insights?
Asked by Laura Cibulskyte
Thank you very much for your questions. My research is a combination of few topics within psychology. First of all, it is a cross-cultural research, looking at differences between United Kingdom and Russia. Russia represents a non-western culture, whereas United Kingdom represents a purely wester culture and society. Because of previously reported language issues and accessibility of Russia, my research becomes a pioneer in this field. Secondly, I’m looking at role of personality in understanding prejudice and aggression. Both of these behavioral outcomes can be constitute as malevolent in our society, and I wanted to see how does personality fit into this. For example, does person with traits of high narcissism, low conscientious and agreeableness would be more like to show signs of prejudice and aggression. My research was separated into 3 stages, for the first stage I recruited 2000 Russian participants and 1700 British participants, for stage two we recruited approximately the same number. This is exactly why my research is so interesting, as it is based on the polar opposite countries and we have access to representative sample from both populations. So far I have found that United Kingdom and Russian have small statistical differences, especially considering current political climate. However, overall the relationship between personality traits, prejudice and aggression is strong. It is also important to mention that such relationship is mediated by Moral Disengagement (for aggression) and Social Dominance Orientation (for prejudice).
Hope that answers your questions :)
If you need more information you can always message me or I would be presenting at first Early Career Researcher conferences on the 24th of September, it is online and you can register via this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScA88DEuCTe35Vb-YF2b3yICsC6Hv4ASOHYxdJ1SmA5MxWsEA/viewform?usp=send_form it will be interesting event with variety of presentation from all different fields of research! Highly recommend it.
Being in education for some time now, I have came across range of helpful tools that can make your journey through academia a lot more pleasant. Below are the links for the tools I use for my PhD:
https://www.researchgate.net this is a well know platform for researchers, here you can find loads of papers and articles for your subjects.
https://www.grammarly.com/m this tool I use for writing, I have dyslexia so writing isn’t the easiest tasks for me, this helps to keep my writing tidy and understandable.
https://www.citethisforme.com/uk/referencing-generator this is a reference generator website, I used this throughout my whole academic career so far, I create perfect referencing lists and bibliographies with this tool.
https://scholar.google.com cannot stress how important google scholar is for finding articles and texts for your research. It is by far on the easiest tools to use.
https://www.elsevier.com/en-gb this is my favorite tools to find articles that I need for my research. It is easy to navigate and easy to search.
If you have any questions on how to use these or you want to ask about getting into a PhD/research degree, drop me a message and I will happily answer any of your questions.