Janek Musek
PhD, Professor Emeritus of General Psychology
03. 06. 1945


Study of psychology (1964-1968), Diplom of Psychology (1968), PhD (1976) all at the Department of Psychology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences (Philosophical Faculty), University of Ljubljana.

Head of Department of psychology (1980-1982), vice-dean of faculty of Arts and Sciences (1984-1986), vice-rector of the University of Ljubljana (1996-1998).

Occupation: Professor Emeritus University of Ljubljana, SLO Home address: Požarnice 26d, 1351 Brezovica, SLOVENIA Work address: Univerza v Ljubljani, Filozofska fakulteta, Aškerčeva 2, 1000 Ljubljana, SLOVENIA

Cofounder of the Institute of Ethics and Values Jože Trontelj (IEV) and the Institute of Personality Psychology. Member of the National Committee of Medical Ethics, member of the IEV International Advisory Board, consultant of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts.

Bearer of several national and institutional awards for scientific or professional merits.


Professional work as assistant (1970), assistant professor (1977), associate professor or docent (1981), full professor (since 1988 at the Department of pychology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, University of Ljubljana. Since 2015 Professor Emeritus, University of Ljubljana.


Courses and lectures include introduction to psychology, personality, motivation and emotion, cognitive psychology, media psychology and history of psychology.

Mentor to 37 PhD, 50 MA Degree and 147 undergraduate students.


Major research fields: personality psychology, values, individual differences, cognitive psychology, positive psychology, history of psychology; more specific: personality structure, well-being, values, symbolism, decision making. Engaged in more than twenty basic research projects, mostly as the project (programme group) leader or principal investigator. About 200 published scientific articles, 35 textbooks and scientific monographies. The books include: Personality (1982), Scientific Image of Personality (1993), Personality and Values (1993), New Psychological Theory of Values (2000), Psychology of Life (2010), Psychological Basis of the Future Society (2014), Personality, Values and Well-being (2015), The General Factor of Personality (2017). Active participation in numerous national and international scientific conferences and congresses; coordinator or organizer of several national and international scientific congresses.


Member of Društvo psihologov Slovenije (Association of Psychologists of Slovenia). Vicepresident of the association in 1984-1986.

Selected publications

Abbreviated list of references:

Musek, J. (1985). The nature and determinants of conscious decision making. Ljubljana: Research Institute of Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Musek, J. (1990). Symbols, culture and people. Ljubljana: Research Institute of Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (includes a comprehensive chapter of color symbolism) Musek, J. (1992). Dimensions of personality and value orientations. In: L. Marjanovic-Umek and D. Zagar (Eds.). Department of psychology : 40 years : collection of scientific papers. Ljubljana: Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Psychology, pp. 11-27. Musek, J. (1993). The universe of human values: A structural and developmental hierarchy. Studia Psychologica, Vol. 35, No. 4-5, pp. 321-326. Musek, J. (1994). Values and Value Orientations in the Background of European Cultural Traditions. Anthropos (Ljublj.), 26, International issue, pp. 272-280. Musek, J. (1996). The impact of transitional changes on value systems in Postcommunist Europe : the implications for the higer education reform processes. In: Perspectives in higer education reform : based upon the sixth annual conference held in prague, Czech Republic, November 3-6, 1996 Kobal, D., Musek, J. (1996). Self-concept, personality styles and academic achievement : their inter-relationship. In: D. Piciga, (Ed.) Cognition, learning & instruction, (The School Field, Vol. 7, no. 3/4). Ljubljana: The Slovene Society of Research in the School Field, pp. 61-77. Musek, J. (1997). Personality stereotypes : psychological comprehension of stereotypes. V: B. Jezernik and R. Muršic (Eds.). Prejudices and stereotypes in the social sciences and humanities, (Etnološka stičišča, 5; 7), (Razprave Filozofske fakultete). Ljubljana: Znanstveni inštitut Filozofske fakultete, 1997, pp. 15-26, Musek, J. (1997). Scientific image of personality. Ljubljana: Educy. Musek, J. (1998). Political and religious adherence in relation to individual values. Stud. psychol., 40, 1/2, pp. 47-59. Musek, J. (1999). Psychological models and theories of personality. Ljubljana: Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Musek, J. (2000). The new psychological theory of values. Ljubljana: Institute of Personality Psychology & Educy. Kobal, D., Musek, J. (2001). Self-concept and academic achievement : Slovenia and France. Pers. individ. differ.. [Print ed.], 2001, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 887-899. Marušič, A., Musek, J., Gudjonsson, G. H. (2001). Injury proneness and personality. Nord. j. psychiatry, 2001, vol. 55, no. 3, str. 157-161, Musek, J., Pergar-Kuščer, M., in Bekeš, A. (2001). The universality of the basic structure of value categories. Jpn. soc. (Tsukuba), 2000, vol. 4, str. 45-64. Musek, J. (2003). History of psychology. Ljubljana: University of Ljubljana. MUSEK, Janek, MARAVIČ, Ksenija. Vrednote in duhovna inteligentnost. Anthropos (Ljublj.), 2004, letn. 36, št. 1/4, str. 271-289. Musek, J. (2005). Psihološke in kognitivne študije osebnosti. Ljubljana: Znanstveni inštitut Filozofske fakultete. Musek, J. (2005). Psihološke dimenzije osebnosti. Ljubljana: Filozofska fakulteta. Musek, J. (2005). Predmet, metode in področja psihologije. Ljubljana: Filozofska fakulteta. Musek, J., Strniša, J. (2005). Vrednote in psihično blagostanje. Anthropos, letn. 37, št. 1/4, str. 339-356. Musek, J. (2007). A General Factor of Personality: Evidence for the Big One in the Five Factor Model. Journal of Research in Personality. Kobal Grum, D. & Musek, J. (2009). The perspectives of motivation. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete. Musek, J. (2010). Psychology of life. Ljubljana: Institute of Personality Psychology. Musek, J. (2014). Psihološki temelji družbe prihodnosti. Ljubljana: Inštitut za etiko in vrednote Jože Trontelj.. Musek, J. (2015). Osebnost, vrednote in psihično blagostanje. Razprave FF. Ljubljana: Znanstvena založba Filozofske fakultete. Musek, J. (2017). The General Factor of Personality. London, Cambridge (MA): Academic Press, Elsevier.

Contact information

Room   133b
Telephone   +386 1 241 1174, ++386 40 427 571
email   janek.musek@ff.uni-lj.si
Webpage   www.musek.si