Eddie Brummelman

Developmental psychologist Eddie Brummelman (University of Amsterdam) is the second postgraduate researcher to win the Academy’s National Postdoc Prize 2018. Brummelman studies the development of self-image in children.

About the laurete

Dr Eddie Brummelman (born 1987) holds a PhD (hons.) in developmental psychology (2007) from Utrecht University. In his research, his explores how parents try to teach children self-esteem. Self-esteem is regarded as the foundation for a happy and successful life, but what Brummelman’s research shows is that parental interventions can also backfire; when parents put children on a pedestal and tell them they are special and unique, they are more likely to become narcissists, for example.