Nationalism as collective narcissism
Aleksandra Cisłak-Wójcik , Aleksandra Cichocka
AbstractTraditional conceptualisations of nationalism focus on the need for intergroup domination. We argue that current politics are rather driven by the need for recognition of the greatness of one’s nation. In psychological literature, the need for the nation’s appreciation is captured by the concept of collective narcissism—a belief in in-group greatness contingent on external recognition. We demonstrate that collective narcissism is associated with support for national populist parties and policies. We also review the empirical evidence for the intergroup and intragroup concomitants of collective narcissism. We demonstrate that collective narcissism benefits neither out-group nor in-group members. Instead, it helps manage psychological needs of the individual. We conclude that collective narcissism might undermine social cohesion both within and between groups.
|Journal series||Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, ISSN 2352-1546, e-ISSN 2352-1554, (N/A 100 pkt)|
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