Collective narcissism and the clash of advantaged and disadvantaged groups

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Keenan, Oliver. 2023. Collective narcissism and the clash of advantaged and disadvantaged groups. In: Anna Kende and Barbara Lášticová, eds. The Psychology of Politically Unstable Societies. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 119-135. ISBN 9781032252285 [Book Section]

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In this chapter, we advance an argument that collective narcissism in advantaged and disadvantaged groups is a key factor contributing to their radicalization and societal polarization. In both groups, collective narcissism predicts intergroup hostility and antagonistic attitude towards the outgroup (e.g., among ethnic Turks and Kurds in Turkey, Bagci et al., 2021; Blacks and Whites in the UK, Golec de Zavala et al., 2009; or men and women in Poland, Golec de Zavala & Keenan, 2023). However, depending on the group’s relative status, it predicts different attitudes towards hierarchies and social change towards equality (Golec de Zavala & Keenan, 2023; Keenan & Golec de Zavala, 2023). Collective narcissism predicts support for belief systems and collective action that strengthens the hierarchy among advantaged groups (e.g., Whites, men), but belief systems and collective action that challenges inequality in disadvantaged groups (e.g., ethnic minorities, women).

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“This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in The Psychology of Politically Unstable Societies on 9 October 2023, available online: It is deposited under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives License (, which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.”

Work on this chapter was supported by National Science Centre Grant 2017/26/A/HS6/00647 awarded to Dr Agnieszka Golec de Zavala.

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