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Professor

Myriam N. Bechtoldt

Research focus

  • Psychology
  • Leadership
  • Organizational Behavior

Curriculum Vitae

Myriam Bechtoldt holds a PhD in work and organizational psychology and a diploma (comparable to M.Sc.) in psychology. After her PhD, she was assistant professor at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands). Prior to joining EBS she was Full Professor of Organizational Behavior at Frankfurt School of Finance & Management.

Her scientific work has been published in Emotion, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, The Leadership Quarterly, and Personnel Psychology, among others. She serves on the Editorial Board of The Leadership Quarterly and is an Associate Editor of Frontiers in Organizational Psychology.

Her research interests relate to Gender & Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, Stress and Occupational Health, and Psychological Antecedents for Engagement on Climate Change.

She is a trained systemic psychotherapist. Prior to her academic career, she worked as an editor.

Publications


  • HEINZEL, S., TSCHORN, M., SCHULTE-HUTNER, M., SCHÄFER, F., REESE, G., POHLE, C., ... BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Anxiety in response to the climate and environmental crises: validation of the Hogg Eco-Anxiety Scale in Germany. Frontiers in Psychology, 14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1239425.
  • DORES CRUZ, T. D., VAN DER LEE, R., BECHTOLDT, M., BEERSMA, B. (2023). Nasty and Noble Notes: Interdependence Structures Drive Self-Serving Gossip. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 014616722311710. doi:10.1177/01461672231171054.
  • EICHINGER, M., BECHTOLDT, M., BUI, I. T. M., GRUND, J., KELLER, J., LAU, A. G., ... HEINZEL, S. (2022). Evaluating the Public Climate School—A School-Based Programme to Promote Climate Awareness and Action in Students: Protocol of a Cluster-Controlled Pilot Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19 (13), 8039. doi:10.3390/ijerph19138039.
  • WANG, B., ANDREWS, W., BECHTOLDT, M., ROHRMANN, S., DE VRIES, R. E. (2022). Validation of the Short Clance Impostor Phenomenon Scale (CIPS-10). European Journal of Psychological Assessment. doi:10.1027/1015-5759/a000747.
  • GÖTMANN, A., BECHTOLDT, M. (2021). Coping with COVID-19–Longitudinal analysis of coping strategies and the role of trait mindfulness in mental well-being. Personality and Individual Differences, 175, 110695. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2021.110695.
  • GÖTMANN, A., BECHTOLDT, M., FETCHENHAUER, D. (2021). Breathing to the path of virtue - The effects of justice sensitivity and state mindfulness on cheating behavior in a group performance task. Personality and Individual Differences, 178, 110851. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2021.110851.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., BEERSMA, B., DIJKSTRA, M. (2020). Editorial - Why people gossip and what it brings about: Motives for, and consequences of, informal evaluative information exchange. Frontiers in Psychology. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00024.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., GÖTMANN, A., MOSLENER, U., PAUW, P. (2020). Addressing the climate change adaptation puzzle: a psychological science perspective. Climate Policy, 21 (2), 186-202. doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2020.1807897.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., BEERSMA, B., VAN KLEEF, G. (2019). When (not) to empathize: The differential effects of combined emotion recognition and empathic concern on client satisfaction across professions. Motivation and Emotion, 43, pp. 112-129.
  • SCHRECKENBACH, T., OCHSENDORF, F., STERZ, J., RÜSSELER, M., BECHSTEIN, W.-O., BENDER, B., BECHTOLDT, M. (2019). Emotion recognition and extraversion of medical students interact to predict their empathic communication perceived by simulated patients. BMC Medical Education.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., BANNIER, C. E., ROCK, B. (2019). The Glass Cliff Myth? – Evidence from Germany and the U.K.. Leadership Quarterly, 30, 273–297.
  • CHOI, H.-S., SEO, J.-G., HYUN, J., BECHTOLDT, M. (2019). Collectivistic independence promotes group creativity by reducing idea fixation. Small Group Research, 50 (3), 381-407. doi:10.1177/1046496419827990.
  • DORES CRUZ, T. D., BEERSMA, B., DIJKSTRA, M. T. M., BECHTOLDT, M. (2019). The bright and dark side of gossip for cooperation in groups. Frontiers in Psychology, 10 (https://www.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01374), 1-17. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01374.
  • CHOI, H.-S., CHO, S.-J., SEO, J.-G., BECHTOLDT, M. (2018). The joint impact of collectivistic value orientation and independent self-representation on group creativity. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 21, 37-56. doi:10.1177/1368430216638539.
  • BEERSMA, B., BECHTOLDT, M., SCHOUTEN, M. E. (2018). When Ignorance Is Bliss: Perspective Taking, Negative State Affect and Team Performance. Small Group Research (49), 577-599.
  • GEISLER, F. C. M., BECHTOLDT, M., OBERLÄNDER, N., SCHACHT-JABLONOWSKY, M. (2018). The Benefits of a Mindfulness Exercise in a Performance Situation. Psychological Reports, 121, 853-876. doi:10.1177/0033294117740135.
  • LEONHARDT, M., BECHTOLDT, M., ROHRMANN, S. (2017). All impostors aren't alike - Differentiating the impostor phenomenon. Frontiers in Psychology, 8 (1505), 1-10. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01505.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., SCHNEIDER, V. K. (2016). Predicting stress from the ability to eavesdrop on feelings: Emotional intelligence and testosterone jointly predict cortisol reactivity. Emotion, 16 (6), 815-825. doi:10.1037/emo0000134.
  • ROHRMANN, S., BECHTOLDT, M., LEONHARDT, M. (2016). Validation of the impostor phenomenon among managers. Frontiers in Psychology, 7, 821.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2015). Wanted: Self-doubting employees— Managers scoring positively on impostorism favor insecure employees in task delegation. Personality and Individual Differences, 86, 482-486.
  • SCHWIND, J., ROHRMANN, S., BECHTOLDT, M., WECK, F. (2014). Zusammenhänge zwischen Ekelempfindlichkeit, Ekelsensitivität und hypochondrischen Merkmalen. Zeitschrift für Psychiatrie, Psychologie und Psychotherapie, 62 (2), pp. 123-130.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., BEERSMA, B., ROHRMANN, S., SANCHEZ-BURKS, J. (2013). A gift that takes its toll: Emotion recognition and conflict appraisal. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 22 (1), 56-66. doi:10.1080/1359432X.2011.614726.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., CHOI, H.-S., NIJSTAD, B. A. (2012). Individuals in mind, mates by heart: Individualistic self-construal and collective value orientation as predictors of group creativity. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 48 (4), 838-844. doi:10.1016/j.jesp.2012.02.014.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., ROHRMANN, S., DE PATER, I. E., BEERSMA, B. (2011). The primacy of perceiving: Emotion recognition buffers negative effects of emotional labor. Journal of Applied Psychology, 96 (5), 1087-1094. doi:10.1037/a0023683.
  • DE DREU, C. K. W., NIJSTAD, B. A., BECHTOLDT, M., BAAS, M. (2011). Group creativity and innovation: A motivated information processing perspective. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 5 (1), 81-89. doi:10.1037/a0017986.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., ROHRMANN, S., HOPP, H., HODAPP, V., ZAPF, D. (2011). Psychophysiological effects of emotional display rules and the moderating role of trait anger in a simulated call center. Anxiety, Stress & Coping, 24 (4), 421-438. doi:10.1080/10615806.2010.530262.
  • VAN VIANEN, A. E. M., DE PATER, I. E., BECHTOLDT, M., EVERS, A. (2011). The strength and quality of climate perceptions. Journal of Managerial Psychology, 26 (1), 77-92. doi:10.1108/02683941111099637.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., DE DREU, C. K. W., NIJSTAD, B. A., ZAPF, D. (2010). Self-Concept Clarity and the Management of Social Conflict. Journal of Personality, 78 (2), 539-574. doi:10.1111/j.1467-6494.2010.00626.x.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., DE DREU, C. K. W., NIJSTAD, B. A., CHOI, H.-S. (2010). Motivated information processing, social tuning, and group creativity.. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 99 (4), 622-637. doi:10.1037/a0019386.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., SCHMITT, K. D. (2010). It's not my fault, it's theirs: Explanatory style of bullying targets with unipolar depression and its susceptibility to short-term therapeutical modification. Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, 83 (2), 395-417. doi:10.1348/147608309X418027.
  • DE PATER, I. E., VAN VIANEN, A. E. M., BECHTOLDT, M. (2009). Gender Differences in Job Challenge: A Matter of Task Allocation. Gender, Work & Organization, 17 (4), 433–453. doi:10.1111/j.1468-0432.2009.00477.x.
  • DE PATER, I. E., VAN VIANEN, A. E. M., BECHTOLDT, M., KLEHE, U.-C. (2009). Employees’ challenging job experiences and supervisors' evaluations of promotability. Personnel Psychology, 62 (2), 297-325. doi:10.1111/j.1744-6570.2009.01139.x.
  • DE DREU, C. K. W., NIJSTAD, B. A., BAAS, M., BECHTOLDT, M. (2008). The creating force of minority dissent: A motivated information processing perspective. Social Influence, 3 (4), 267-285. doi:10.1080/15534510802341157.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., WELK, C., ZAPF, D., HARTIG, J. (2007). Main and moderating effects of self-control, organizational justice, and emotional labour on counterproductive behaviour at work. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 16 (4), 479-500. doi:10.1080/13594320701662618.
  • ZAPF, D., ISIC, A., BECHTOLDT, M., BLAU, P. (2003). What is typical for call centre jobs? Job characteristics, and service interactions in different call centres. European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology, 12 (4), 311-340. doi:10.1080/13594320344000183.


  • KELLER, J., EICHINGER, M., BECHTOLDT, M., LIU, S., NEUBER, M., PETER, F., ... HEINZEL, S. (2023). Evaluating the Public Climate School - a multi-component school-based program to promote climate awareness and action in students: A cluster-controlled pilot study. The Journal of Climate Change and Health, 100286. doi:10.1016/j.joclim.2023.100286.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2016). Hochstapler-Phänomen: Mitarbeiter mit Selbstzweifeln gesucht. Wirtschaftspsychologie aktuell, 1, pp. 40-43.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2015). Weichei oder Burnout? Harvard Business Manager, 37 (1), pp. 80.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2013). Psychologie der Verhandlung: acht Stichworte. Unternehmensjurist, 5, pp. 63.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2013). Erst mal tief durchatmen. Harvard Business Manager, 35 (5), pp. 36-37.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., STEHR, C. (2013). Der alltägliche Wahnsinn in den Chefetagen: wie eine Psychologin schlechte Führung in Unternehmen deutet (Interview). Zeitschrift für Personalführung, 46 (1), pp. 35-37.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2011). Tatort Arbeitsplatz: Mobbing in Organisationen. ZV Info Öffentliches Personal Schweiz, 3, pp. 8-10.


  • KELLER, C., BECHTOLDT, M., KREUTZER, K. (2023). Not our business: Why the climate crisis is not perceived as a corporate crisis. EGOS (European Group for Organizational Studies), 39th Colloquium.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., KELLER, C., SCHUNK, D., ZIPPERLE, I. (2023). The role of emotions and physiological stress in action against climate change. Society for Advanced Behavioral Economics (SABE).
  • BECHTOLDT, M., KELLER, C., SCHUNK, D., ZIPPERLE, I. (2023). The role of emotions and physiological stress in action against climate change. Behavioral Science and Policy Association Conference. Virtual conference.
  • BECHTOLDT, M., GÖTMANN, A. (2023). Mind the trap – Mindfulness renders immune to the temptation of fraud. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP).
  • BECHTOLDT, M., GÖTMANN, A. (2023). When team mindfulness creates value from diversity in values – A two-stage moderated mediation model linking cognitive diversity to team performance. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology (EAWOP).
  • KELLER, C., BECHTOLDT, M., KREUTZER, K. (2023). Not our business: Why the climate crisis is not perceived as a corporate crisis. European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology. 21st European Association of Work and Organizational Psychology Congress (EAWOP).
  • BECHTOLDT, M., KELLER, C. (2023). Same, same but different – An integrative review of Paradoxcial Leadership. Paradox Research Education Practice Conference, Amsterdam /Hybrid.


  • JANSSENS, M. N., BECHTOLDT, M., DE RUIJTER, A., PINELLI, D., PRAROLO, G., STENIUS, V. M. N. K. (2010). The sustainability of cultural diversity: Nations, Cities and Organizations. Edward Elgar Publishing Limited.


  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2024). Klimakrise im Fokus: Was motiviert uns (nicht) zu handeln?. Seminar „Soziologie an der FOSBOS“, Akademie für politische Bildung, Tutzing, in cooperation with Akademie für Lehrerfortbildung und Personalführung Dillingen.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Gender of Coauthors Predicts Appointments to Professorships. Research Colloquium, Universiteit van Amsterdam Business School.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Gender of Coauthors Predicts Appointments to Professorships. Research Colloquium Department of Organizational Studies, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.


  • BECHTOLDT, M., VAN BRONSWIJK, K., KELLER, C., SIEMANN, B. (2022). Die Rolle »positiver« Emotionen in der Klimakrise. In Van Bronswijk, K. & Hausmann, C.M. (Eds.), Climate Emotions – Klimakrise und psychische Gesundheit. Gießen: Psychosozial Verlag GbR.
  • NIJSTAD, B. A., BECHTOLDT, M., CHOI, H.-S. (2019). Information processing, motivation, and group creativity. In Paulus, P. B. & Nijstad, B. A. (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Group Creativity and Innovation. Oxford University Press.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2018). Nachwort. In A. Koch (Ed.), Change mich am Arsch (pp. 285-290). Berlin: Ullstein Buchverlage.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2017). Emotional Intelligence. In Ricky Griffin (Ed.), Oxford Bibliographies in Management. Oxford University Press.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2013). Draining for some but not for all - person-job fit as a moderator to the effects of emotional labor on strain. In C. Mohiyeddini, S. Bauer & M.N. Eysenck (Eds.), Handbook of psychology of emotions: Recent theoretical perspectives and novel empirical findings (pp. 99-110). Nova Science Publishers.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2013). Epilog. In M.N. Wehrle (Ed.), Ich arbeite immer noch in einem Irrenhaus. Econ Verlag.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2011). Diversity and Organisational Psychology. In S. Knotter, R. De Lobel, L. Tsipouri, & V. Stenius (Eds.), Diversity research and policy (pp. 181-190). Amsterdam: Pallas Publications.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2008). Emotional intelligence, professional qualifications, and the psychologists’ need for gender research. In N. Karafyllis & G.Ulshöfer (Ed.), Sexualized Brains (pp. 117-130). Cambridge: MIT-Press.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2004). Kommunikation in Organisationen. In Gemeinschaftswerk der Evangelischen Publizistik (Ed.), Öffentlichkeitsarbeit für Non-Profit Organisationen (pp. 247-267). Gabler Verlag.


  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2024). Interview: Klimakrise: Ein Gefühl von völliger Überforderung. Frankfurter Rundschau.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Wir können die Zukunft nicht fühlen: Darum verdrängen wir die Klimakrise. Frankfurter Rundschau.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Interview: "Sie werden nicht erfolgreich sein, wenn Sie ein Schwein sind". ZEIT Online.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Postcast: Gossip: Warum lästern wir? Wissen Weekly.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Interview: Warum Gespräche über die Klimakrise so oft schiefgehen – und wie es besser geht. Perspectives Daily , Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Interview: Earth Overshoot Day - Das bringen die Verbote im Klimaschutz. Deutschlandfunk Nova, Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Interview: Warum gerade so viele Chefinnen scheitern. The Pioneer, Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Impostor-fænomenet: 3 råd til at få bugt med din indre bedrager (The Impostor Phenomenon: 3 tips to overcome your inner impostor). Brainstorm .
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Lästermäuler entlastet – Gossip ist besser als sein Ruf. Tagesspiegel.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Postcast Der 8. Tag: „Frauen führen besser als Männer“. The Pioneer.
  • DOHM, L., PETER, F., BECHTOLDT, M., CUVELIER, C. (2023). Umleitung erforderlich – Psychiatrie in Zeiten ökologischer Krisen. Sozialpsychiatrische Informationen.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Lęk przed zmianami klimatu. Lekarstwem wspólne działanie. Deutsche Welle Polen .
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Interview: What’s worse: Me talking shit, or you pPosting it on TikTok? Betches .
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Interview: Reden ist Gold. Klimareporter.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2023). Lästern – viel besser als sein Ruf? (Radio-Live-Sendung). WDR 5 Quarks – Wissenschaft und mehr .
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Тя на трета степен - Трудно ли е да опазим природата. Bulgarisches Nationalradio (BNR).
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Klimaschutz - vom Bürger aus gedacht. NDR-Info.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Neues vom Weltuntergang. Feuilleton. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Emotionen überall - warum Psychologie kein Tabu mehr ist. Bayern 2, Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Emotionale Intelligenz im Job: Wie Sie einen hohen EQ bekommen. Ingenieur.de, Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Der Weltuntergang naht – oder vielleicht auch nicht. Neue Energie, Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Womit hab ich das nicht verdient? WAZ, Ressort „Leben und Familie“ .
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Gossip: Warum Tratsch sozial nützlich sein kann. WDR 5 Neugier genügt .
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Lästert mehr! Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung: Beruf und Chance.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). Das Impostor-Phänomen. Spotify: Man lernt nie aus.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2022). About the Mind. Achtsamkeit und existenzielle Herausforderungen, Podcast no. 39. Mindful Life.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2021). Warum wir Hoffnung brauchen. GEO, Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2021). Emotionale Intelligenz hat auch was mit Manipulation zu tun. Changement!, Germany.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2021). Mindfulness is Associated with Improved Coping and Mental Well-Being During the Covid-19 Pandemic. Contemplative Studies, United States of America.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2017). Too much emotional intelligence is a bad thing. Scientific American.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2016). Ich bin dann mal weg. Brigitte.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2016). IT-Projektmanagement: Welcher Führungsstil ist der beste? Dice Tech News.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2016). Zu viel Empathie hilft niemandem. XING.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2016). Die Gefahren eines guten Gefühls. Wirtschaftswoche.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2015). Der hohe Preis des Privatlebens. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2015). Letzte Station Doktortitel. Handelsblatt.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2015). Emotionale Intelligenz. Deutsche Presse-Agentur.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2014). Compliance aus der Vogelperspektive. Compliance Manager.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2014). Emotionen der Macht. Vogue.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2013). Chef sein muss man aushalten können. Süddeutsche Zeitung.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2013). Forschen, um zu lernen. Human Resources Manager.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2013). Der Mächtige hört nicht zu. Süddeutsche Zeitung.
  • BECHTOLDT, M. (2012). Ich arbeite immer noch in einem Irrenhaus. SWR 2: Journal am Mittag.

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