Collective Narcissism and Its Social Consequences : The Bad and the Ugly
Agnieszka Golec de Zavala , Dorottya Lantos
AbstractCollective narcissism is a belief that one’s own group (the in-group) is exceptional but not sufficiently recognized by others. It is the form of “in-group love” robustly associated with “out-group hate.” In contrast to private collective self- esteem (or in-group satisfaction, a belief that the in-group is of high value), it predicts prejudice, retaliatory intergroup aggression, and rejoicing in the suffering of other people. The pervasive association between collective narcissism and intergroup hostility is driven by a biased perception of the in-group as constantly threatened and out-groups as hostile and threatening. Collective narcissism is associated with hypersensitivity to provocation and the belief that only hostile revenge is a desirable and rewarding response. It arises when the traditional group-based hierarchies are challenged and empowers extremists as well as populist politicians. Instead of alleviating the sense of threat to one’s self-importance, it refuels it. The association between collective narcissism and intergroup hostility is weakened by experiences that fortify emotional resilience (e.g., positive identification with a community).
|Journal series||Current Directions in Psychological Science, ISSN 0963-7214, e-ISSN 1467-8721, (N/A 200 pkt)|
|Publication size in sheets||13.65|
|Keywords in English||collective narcissism, collective self-esteem, prejudice, intergroup hostility, populism, extremism, conspiratorial thinking|
|Publication indicators||: 2018 = 2.524; : 2017 = 4.673 (2) - 2017=7.726 (5)|
|Citation count*||3 (2020-11-21)|
* presented citation count is obtained through Internet information analysis and it is close to the number calculated by the Publish or Perish system.