Mark R. Leary

Mark R. Leary

Garonzik Family Professor

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Florida 1980

  • M.A., University of Florida 1978

  • B.A., West Virginia Wesleyan College 1976


Mark Leary is Garonzik Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from West Virginia Wesleyan College and his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Florida.  He taught previously at Denison University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Wake Forest University.

Leary has published 14 books and more than 250 scholarly articles and chapters on topics dealing with social motivation, emotion, and self-relevant thought, including The Curse of the Self: Self-awareness, Egotism, and the Quality of Human Life.  He has also recorded two courses for the Teaching Company's Great Courses series: Understanding the Mysteries of Human Behavior and Why You Are Who You Are: Investigations to Human Personality.

Leary is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.  He received the Lifetime Career Award from the International Society for Self and Identity and was co-recipient of the Scientific Impact Award from the Society for Experimental Social Psychology.  He was founding editor of Self and Identity, editor of Personality and Social Psychology Review, and served as President of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology. 


Social motivation and emotion, self-reflection, self-relevant thought, self-compassion

Diebels, KJ, Leary, MR, and Chon, D. "Individual differences in selfishness as a major dimension of personality: A reinterpretation of the sixth personality factor." Review of General Psychology 22.4 (December 1, 2018): 367-376. Full Text

Martin, JL, Smart Richman, L, and Leary, MR. "A lasting sting: Examining the short-term and long-term effects of real-life group rejection." Group Processes and Intergroup Relations 21.8 (December 1, 2018): 1109-1124. Full Text

Stutts, LA, Leary, MR, Zeveney, AS, and Hufnagle, AS. "A longitudinal analysis of the relationship between self-compassion and the psychological effects of perceived stress." Self and Identity 17.6 (November 2, 2018): 609-626. Full Text

Parrish, MH, Inagaki, TK, Muscatell, KA, Haltom, KEB, Leary, MR, and Eisenberger, NI. "Self-compassion and responses to negative social feedback: The role of fronto-amygdala circuit connectivity." Self and Identity 17.6 (November 2, 2018): 723-738. Full Text

Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Leary, MR. "The Enigma of Being Yourself: A Critical Examination of the Concept of Authenticity(Accepted)." Review of General Psychology (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Leary, MR. "Self-judgments of authenticity(Accepted)." Self and Identity (January 1, 2018). Full Text

Leary, MR, Diebels, KJ, Davisson, EK, Jongman-Sereno, KP, Isherwood, JC, Raimi, KT, Deffler, SA, and Hoyle, RH. "Cognitive and Interpersonal Features of Intellectual Humility." Personality & Social Psychology Bulletin 43.6 (June 2017): 793-813. Full Text

Robinson, KJ, Mayer, S, Allen, AB, Terry, M, Chilton, A, and Leary, MR. "Resisting self-compassion: Why are some people opposed to being kind to themselves?." Self and Identity 15.5 (September 2, 2016): 505-524. Full Text

Gohar, D, Leary, MR, and Costanzo, PR. "Self-Presentational Congruence and Psychosocial Adjustment: A Test of Three Models." Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology 35.7 (September 2016): 589-608. Full Text

Deffler, SA, Leary, MR, and Hoyle, RH. "Knowing what you know: Intellectual humility and judgments of recognition memory." Personality and Individual Differences 96 (July 1, 2016): 255-259. Full Text Open Access Copy


Leary, MR. "Self-awareness, hypo-egoicism, and psychological well-being." Subjective Well-Being and Life Satisfaction. December 15, 2017. 392-408. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Bolino, MC. "An actor-perceiver model of impression management in organizations." The Self at Work: Fundamental Theory and Research. December 14, 2017. 253-272. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Jongman-Sereno, KP. "Self-presentation: Signaling personal and social characteristics." Social Signal Processing. January 1, 2017. 69-77. Full Text

Leary, MR, Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Diebels, KJ. "Measures of Concerns with Public Image and Social Evaluation." Measures of Personality and Social Psychological Constructs. January 1, 2015. 448-473. Full Text

Leary, MR, and Jongman-Sereno, KP. "Social Anxiety as an Early Warning System: A Refinement and Extension of the Self-Presentation Theory of Social Anxiety." Social Anxiety: Clinical, Developmental, and Social Perspectives: Third Edition. July 11, 2014. 579-597. Full Text

Leary, MR, Jongman-Sereno, KP, and Diebels, KJ. "The pursuit of status: A self-presentational perspective on the quest for social value." The Psychology of Social Status. April 1, 2014. 159-178. Full Text

Leary, MR. "Functions of the self in interpersonal relationships: What does the self actually do?." The Self and Social Relationships. January 1, 2013. 95-115. Full Text

Costanzo, PR, Hoyle, RH, and Leary, MR. "Personality, Social Psychology, and Psychopathology: Reflections on a Lewinian Vision." The Oxford Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology. September 18, 2012. Full Text

Leary, MR. "Sociometer theory." Handbook of Theories of Social Psychology. January 1, 2012. 141-159. Full Text


Leary, MR. The Oxford Handbook of Hypo-Egoic Phenomena.: Oxford University Press, October 7, 2016.

Leary, MR, and Miller, RS. Social Psychology and Dysfunctional Behavior Origins, Diagnosis, and Treatment.: Springer Science & Business Media, December 6, 2012.

Leary, MR, and Kowalski, RM. Social Anxiety.: Guilford Press, July 4, 1997.

Leary, MR, and Kowalski, RM. Manual for the Interaction Anxiousness Scale. 1987.