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Double Trouble: How Sectarian and National Narcissism Relate Differently to Collective Violence Beliefs in Lebanon

Abou-Ismail, Ramzi, Gronfeldt, Bjarki, Konur, Tamino, Cichocka, Aleksandra, Phillips, Joseph, Sengupta, Nikhil K. (2023) Double Trouble: How Sectarian and National Narcissism Relate Differently to Collective Violence Beliefs in Lebanon. Aggressive Behavior, . ISSN 0096-140X. E-ISSN 1098-2337. (doi:10.1002/ab.22104) (KAR id:102178)

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Collective narcissism a belief in ingroup greatness which is contingent on external validation. A lack of research on collective narcissism amongst non-Western contexts and minority groups remains a challenge for the field. However, here we test two types of collective narcissism (sectarian and national) as differential predictors of two dimensions of collective violence beliefs (against outgroup members and leaders) in a large, diverse, community sample from Lebanon (N = 778). We found that sectarian narcissism (narcissism related to smaller political and religious ingroup identity) predicted support for collective violence against members of different sects, while national narcissism predicted opposition to such collective violence. Neither form of collective narcissism had any significant relationship with collective violence against outgroup leaders. We controlled for both sectarian and national identification and found no significant effects in predicting either one of the two dimensions on collective violence beliefs. In this non-Western context, in which a coherent national identity is undermined by sectarianism, national narcissism seems to be a progressive motivator for unity and social change, while sectarian narcissism is rather associated with extreme attitudes, such as support for collective violence.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/ab.22104
Uncontrolled keywords: collective narcissism, collective violence,intergroup conflict
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF41 Psychology and philosophy
H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Ramzi Abou Ismail
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2023 11:02 UTC
Last Modified: 21 Oct 2023 22:08 UTC
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