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Collective narcissism and intergroup hostility: the dark side of 'in-group love'

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka. 2011. Collective narcissism and intergroup hostility: the dark side of 'in-group love'. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 5, pp. 309-320. [Article]

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This paper reviews current research on intergroup consequences of collective narcissism – an emotional investment in an unrealistic belief in exaggerated greatness of an in-group. Integrating findings of the psychology of intergroup relations with findings regarding psychological outcomes of individual narcissism, the collective narcissism construct addresses the relationship between ‘in-group love’ and ‘out-group hate’. Differentiating between narcissistic and genuine positive group regard uncovers the potential of genuine ‘in-group’ love to motivate positive out-group attitudes and intergroup tolerance. Collective narcissism is also shown to be the aspects of positive group attachment that inspires defensive and retaliatory intergroup hostility under perceived threat. Narcissistic idealization of an in-group is contingent on external validation and underlain by internal doubts. Collective narcissists are never fully satisfied with external acknowledgement of the in-group and they are sensitive to anything that may undermine the in-group’s exaggerated image.

Item Type: Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00351.x

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
June 2011Published

Item ID:

9618

Date Deposited:

19 Dec 2013 11:06

Last Modified:

01 Aug 2018 04:40

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI: http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9618

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