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Missing a beam in thine own eye: motivated perceptions of collective narcissism

Baba, Justyna, Cichocka, Aleksandra, Cislak, Aleksandra (2023) Missing a beam in thine own eye: motivated perceptions of collective narcissism. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, . ISSN 1368-4302. E-ISSN 1461-7188. (doi:10.1177/13684302231208398) (KAR id:103128)


This work examines lay beliefs about the societal implications of different forms of ingroup identities. While secure ingroup identity reflects a genuine attachment to one’s ingroup members, defensive forms of identity are aimed at satisfying individual enhancement motives through highlighting belongingness to an exceptional group. The latter can be exemplified by collective narcissism, a belief in ingroup greatness and entitlement to privileged treatment, which has been linked to undesirable intra- and intergroup outcomes. In three experiments (total N = 473), conducted in the context of national identities, we investigated how people perceive the manifestations of collective narcissism, contrasted with secure ingroup identity, and low identity. Across all studies, participants expected the highest outgroup hostility and poorest intragroup relations from those high in collective narcissism. However, perceivers who were themselves high in collective narcissism were less likely to expect these undesirable manifestations, thus revealing a biased perception of similar others.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/13684302231208398
Uncontrolled keywords: ingroup identity; collective narcissism; intergroup relations; intragroup relations; lay perception
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Aleksandra Cichocka
Date Deposited: 05 Oct 2023 12:33 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2024 16:18 UTC
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Cichocka, Aleksandra.

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