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Their own worst enemy? Collective narcissists are willing to conspire against their ingroup

Biddlestone, Mikey, Cichocka, Aleksandra, Glowczewski, Michal, Cislak, Aleksandra (2022) Their own worst enemy? Collective narcissists are willing to conspire against their ingroup. British Journal of Psychology, . ISSN 0007-1269. (doi:10.1111/bjop.12569) (KAR id:94127)

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Collective narcissism—a belief in ingroup greatness that is not appreciated by others—is associated with using one’s group for personal benefits. Across one pilot and four studies, we demonstrated that collective narcissism predicts readiness to conspire against ingroup members (r\(_{meta-analysis}\) = .24). In Study 1, conducted in Poland (N = 361), collective narcissism measured in the context of national identity predicted readiness to engage in secret surveillance against one’s own country’s citizens. In Study 2 (N = 174; pre-registered), collective narcissism in UK workplace teams predicted intentions to engage in conspiracies against co-workers. In Study 3 (N = 471; pre-registered), US national narcissism predicted intentions to conspire against fellow citizens. Furthermore, conspiracy intentions accounted for the relationship between collective narcissism and beliefs in conspiracy theories about the ingroup. Finally, in Study 4 (N = 1,064; pre-registered), we corroborated the link between Polish national narcissism and conspiracy intentions against fellow citizens, further showing that these intentions were only directed towards group members that were perceived as moderately or strongly typical of the national ingroup (but not when perceived ingroup typicality was low). Ingroup identification was either negatively related (Studies 1 and 2) or unrelated (Studies 3 and 4) to conspiracy intentions (r\(_{meta-analysis}\) = .04). We discuss implications for research on conspiracy theories and populism.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1111/bjop.12569
Uncontrolled keywords: collective narcissism, ingroup identification, conspiracy theories, conspiracy beliefs, populism
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Aleksandra Cichocka
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2022 10:04 UTC
Last Modified: 04 Jul 2023 14:52 UTC
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Biddlestone, Mikey.

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