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"They will not control us": In-group positivity and belief in intergroup conspiracies

Cichocka, Aleksandra, Marchlewska, Marta, Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka, Olechowski, Mateusz (2015) "They will not control us": In-group positivity and belief in intergroup conspiracies. British Journal of Psychology, 107 (3). pp. 556-576. ISSN 0007-1269. E-ISSN 2044-8295. (doi:10.1111/bjop.12158)

Abstract

This research examines the role of different forms of positive regard for the in-group in predicting beliefs in intergroup conspiracies. Collective narcissism reflects a belief in in-group greatness contingent on others’ recognition. We hypothesized that collective narcissism should be especially likely to foster out-group conspiracy beliefs. Positive yet non-narcissistic in-group positivity should predict a weaker tendency to believe in conspiracy theories. In Study 1 the endorsement of conspiratorial explanations of out-group actions was positively predicted by collective narcissism but negatively by non-narcissistic in-group positivity. Study 2 showed that the opposite effects of collective narcissism and non-narcissistic in-group positivity on conspiracy beliefs were mediated via differential perceptions of threat. Study 3 manipulated whether conspiracy theories implicated in-group or out-group members. Collective narcissism predicted belief in out-group conspiracies but not in-group conspiracies, while non-narcissistic in-group positivity predicted lower conspiracy beliefs, regardless of them being ascribed to the in-group or the out-group.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjop.12158
Uncontrolled keywords: conspiracy beliefs, collective narcissism, in-group identification, threat
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Aleksandra Cichocka
Date Deposited: 23 Sep 2015 16:31 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 16:02 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/50600 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cichocka, Aleksandra: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1703-1586
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