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Brexit and Polexit: Collective narcissism is associated with the support for leaving the European Union

Cislak, Aleksandra, Pyrczak, Marta, Mikewicz, Artur, Cichocka, Aleksandra (2020) Brexit and Polexit: Collective narcissism is associated with the support for leaving the European Union. Social Psychological Bulletin, 15 (1). Article Number e2645. ISSN 1896-1800. E-ISSN 2569-653X. (doi:10.32872/spb.2645) (KAR id:79575)

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Abstract

In three studies we examine the link between types of national identity and support for leaving the European Union (EU). We found that national collective narcissism (but not national identification without the narcissistic component) was positively associated with a willingness to vote Leave, over and above the effect of political orientation. This pattern was observed in a representative Polish sample (Study 1, n = 635), as well as in samples of Polish youth (Study 2, n = 219), and both Polish (n = 73) and British (n = 60) professionals employed in the field of international relations (Study 3). In Studies 2 and 3 this effect was mediated by biased EU membership perceptions. The role of defensive versus secure forms of in-group identification in shaping support for EU membership is discussed.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.32872/spb.2645
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Aleksandra Cichocka
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2020 15:33 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:10 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/79575 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Cichocka, Aleksandra: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1703-1586
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