Superficial ingroup love? Collective narcissism predicts ingroup image defense, outgroup prejudice, and lower ingroup loyalty

Marchlewska, Marta; Cichocka, Aleksandra; Jaworska, Manana; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Bilewicz, Michal. 2020. Superficial ingroup love? Collective narcissism predicts ingroup image defense, outgroup prejudice, and lower ingroup loyalty. British Journal of Social Psychology, ISSN 0144-6665 [Article] (In Press)

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We examined the associations between the need for personal control, different types of ingroup commitment, and group‐related outcomes: (1) defensive responses to ingroup criticism, (2) ingroup disloyalty, and (3) outgroup attitudes. We assumed that collective narcissism (i.e., a belief in ingroup’s greatness which is contingent on external validation and stems from frustrated individual needs) should be concerned with defending the ingroup image and derogating outgroups, but not necessarily with being loyal to the ingroup. Secure ingroup identification (i.e., a confidently held ingroup evaluation, which stems from satisfied needs), in contrast, should predict greater ingroup loyalty and positive outgroup attitudes. We expected these effects to be especially strong once we account for the overlap between collective narcissism and group‐level self‐investment – a key component of ingroup identification. In a nationally representative sample of Polish adults (n = 1,007), collective narcissism (net of group‐level self‐investment) mediated between low personal control and ingroup image defense, lower group loyalty, and less positive outgroup attitudes. Secure ingroup identification (group‐level self‐investment net of collective narcissism) mediated between high personal control and ingroup loyalty and positive outgroup attitudes. It was not associated with ingroup image defense. Implications for understanding the role of identification in inter‐ and intra‐group relations are discussed.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12367

Additional Information:

Funding Information: National Science Centre. Grant Numbers: UMO‐2018/29/B/HS6/02826, UMO‐2011/01/B/HS6/04637

The data that support the findings of this study are available here: https://osf.io/7wkmx/?view_only=1b0c229daf9741cbb18fef3ba58684d7.

The first two authors contributed equally to this work and should be considered co‐first authors.

"This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Marchlewska, Marta; Cichocka, Aleksandra; Jaworska, Manana; Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Bilewicz, Michal. 2020. Superficial ingroup love? Collective narcissism predicts ingroup image defense, outgroup prejudice, and lower ingroup loyalty. British Journal of Social Psychology, which has been published in final form athttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/bjso.12367. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions."

Keywords:

collective narcissism, defensiveness, ingroup identification, prejudice

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
11 February 2020Published

Item ID:

28186

Date Deposited:

12 Feb 2020 11:23

Last Modified:

28 Feb 2020 09:23

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/28186

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