Collective narcissism and intergroup hostility: the dark side of 'in group love'.

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Golec de Zavala, A. 2011. Collective narcissism and intergroup hostility: the dark side of 'in group love'. Social and Personality Psychology Compass. 5 (6), pp. 309-320. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00351.x
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TitleCollective narcissism and intergroup hostility: the dark side of 'in group love'.
AuthorsGolec de Zavala, A.
Abstract

This paper addresses the relationship between ‘in-group love’ and ‘out-group hate’ and integrates findings of psychology of intergroup relations with findings regarding psychological outcomes of narcissism. It reviews current research on intergroup consequences of collective narcissism – an emotional investment in an unrealistic belief in exaggerated greatness of an in-group - which indicates that the differentiation between narcissistic and genuine positive group regard uncovers the potential of genuine ‘in-group’ love to motivate positive out-group attitudes and intergroup tolerance. It also sheds new light on these aspects of positive group attachment that inspire intergroup hostility. Narcissistic idealization of an in-group is contingent on external validation and underlain by internal doubts. Collective narcissists are never fully satisfied with external acknowledgment of the in-group and they are sensitive to anything that may undermine the in-group’s exaggerated image. Collective narcissism is reliably related to defensive and retaliatory intergroup hostility.

PublisherWileyBlackwell
JournalSocial and Personality Psychology Compass
ISSN1751-9004
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PrintJun 2011
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Deposited18 Mar 2011
Output statusPublished
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-9004.2011.00351.x
LanguageEnglish
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