Dr. Sebastian Butz

Dr. Sebastian Butz
Academic Staff Member
University of Mannheim
Chair of Social Psychology
A 5, 6
Building A – Room A 439
68159 Mannheim
Consultation hour(s):
by appointment
  • Academic background

    2019 Doctorate in Psychology at the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Mannheim
    2017 Baden-Württemberg Certificate for University Didactics
    2013 Research assistant, Chair of Social Psychology (Prof. Dr. Dagmar Stahlberg), University of Mannheim
    2011–2013 Studies in Psychology, University of Mannheim (master's degree)
    2008–2011 Studies in Psychology, Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena (bachelor’s degree)
  • Research projects and topics for final theses

    • Relationships between self-compassion and health psychological variables (e.g. sleep quality, stress perception, job satisfaction)
    • Prediction of life satisfaction through political orientation
  • Publications and scientific presentations


    • Butz, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2018). Can self-compassion improve sleep quality via reduced rumination? Self and Identity, 17(6), 666-686. DOI: 10.1080/15298868.2018.1456482
    • Butz, S., Kieslich, P. J., & Bless, H. (2017). Why are conservatives happier than liberals? Comparing different explanations based on system justification, multiple group membership, and positive adjustment. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47, 362-372. DOI: 10.1002/ejsp.2283

    Scientific presentations

    • Butz, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2016). “Können Self-Compassion-Interventionen vor dem Schlafengehen Rumination verringern und die Schlafqualität verbessern?”, talk presented at the 5th “Tagung des Forschungsnetzwerks Achtsamkeit, TU Berlin
    • Butz, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2016). “Viel Stress = Schlechter Schlaf? Die schützende Rolle von Self-Compassion und Positiven Illusionen”, poster presented at the 50th “Kongress der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Psychologie”, University of Leipzig
    • Butz, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2015). “Can experiencing benevolent sexism lead to depressed entitlement among women?”, poster presented at the 15th Fachgruppentagung Sozialpsychologie, University of Potsdam
    • Butz, S., & Stahlberg, D. (2015). “Can experiencing benevolent sexism lead to depressed entitlement among women?”, talk presented at the 17th Meeting of ESCON Transfer of Knowledge Conference, University of Heidelberg, Bensheim
    • Butz, S., & Bless, H. (2014). “Why are conservatives happier than liberals? Further evidence for system justification effects”, poster presented at the 17th General Meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), University of Amsterdam
    • Butz, S. (2014). “Incivilities from a social psychological perspective”, invited talk from BIG Lindenhof, Mannheim 
    • Butz, S., Martin, L., Spechea, R., Wildbrett, J., Roessel, J., & Stahlberg, D. (2013). “Sources of everlasting love – The Role of Self-Compassion and Positive Illusions”, poster presented at the 55th “Tagung experimentell arbeitender Psychologen” (TeaP), University of Vienna