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Collective Narcissism Moderates the Effect of In-group Image Threat on Intergroup Hostility

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka, Cichocka, Aleksandra, Iskra-Golec, Irena (2013) Collective Narcissism Moderates the Effect of In-group Image Threat on Intergroup Hostility. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 104 (6). pp. 1019-1039. ISSN 0022-3514. (doi:10.1037/a0032215) (KAR id:37247)

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Results of four experiments demonstrated that under in-group image threat collective

narcissism predicts retaliatory intergroup hostility. Under in-group criticism (vs. praise)

collective narcissists expressed intention to harm the offending out-group but not other, nonoffending

out-groups. This effect was specific to collective narcissism and was replicated in

studies that accounted for the overlap between collective narcissism and individual

narcissism, in-group positivity (in-group identification, blind and constructive patriotism),

social dominance orientation and right wing authoritarianism. The link between collective

narcissism and retaliatory intergroup hostility under in-group image threat was found in the

context of national identity and international relations and in the context of a social identity

defined by university affiliation. Study 4 demonstrated that the relationship between collective

narcissism and intergroup hostility was mediated by the perception of in-group criticism as

personally threatening. The results advance our understanding of the mechanism driving the

link between collective narcissism and intergroup hostility. They indicate that Threatened

Egotism Theory can be extended into the intergroup domain.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1037/a0032215
Uncontrolled keywords: collective narcissism, in-group image threat, intergroup hostility
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Aleksandra Cichocka
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2013 18:33 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:13 UTC
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