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Can ingroup love harm the ingroup? Collective narcissism and objectification of ingroup members

Cichocka, Aleksandra, Cislak, Aleksandra, Gronfeldt, Bjarki, Wojcik, Adrian Dominik (2021) Can ingroup love harm the ingroup? Collective narcissism and objectification of ingroup members. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, . ISSN 1368-4302. E-ISSN 1461-7188. (doi:10.1177/13684302211038058) (KAR id:90283)

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We examined how collective narcissism (a belief in ingroup greatness that is underappreciated by others) versus ingroup identification predict treatment of ingroup members. Ingroup identification should be associated with favorable treatment of ingroup members. Collective narcissism, however, is more likely to predict using ingroup members for personal gain. In organizations, collective narcissism predicted promoting one’s own (vs. group) goals (Pre-study, N=179) and treating co-workers instrumentally (Study 1, N=181; and longitudinal Study 2, N=557). In Study 3 (N=214, partisan context), the link between collective narcissism and instrumental treatment of ingroup members was mediated by selfserving motives. In the experimental Study 4 (N=579, workplace teams), the effect of collective narcissism on instrumental treatment was stronger when the target was an ingroup (vs. outgroup) member. Across all studies, ingroup identification was negatively, or nonsignificantly, associated with instrumental treatment. Results suggest that not all forms of ingroup identity might be beneficial for ingroup members.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1177/13684302211038058
Uncontrolled keywords: ingroup identification, collective narcissism, objectification, instrumental treatment
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Aleksandra Cichocka
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 16:26 UTC
Last Modified: 11 Feb 2022 15:27 UTC
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