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Nationalism as collective narcissism

Cichocka, Aleksandra, Cislak, Aleksandra (2020) Nationalism as collective narcissism. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 34 . pp. 69-74. ISSN 2352-1546. (doi:10.1016/j.cobeha.2019.12.013) (KAR id:79576)


Traditional conceptualisations of nationalism focus on the need for intergroup domination. We argue that current politics are rather driven by the need for recognition of the greatness of one’s nation. In psychological literature, the need for the nation’s appreciation is captured by the concept of collective narcissism—a belief in in-group greatness contingent on external recognition. We demonstrate that collective narcissism is associated with support for national populist parties and policies. We also review the empirical evidence for the intergroup and intragroup concomitants of collective narcissism. We demonstrate that collective narcissism benefits neither out-group nor in-group members. Instead, it helps manage psychological needs of the individual. We conclude that collective narcissism might undermine social cohesion both within and between groups.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1016/j.cobeha.2019.12.013
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 15:38 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2024 16:56 UTC
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