Negative evaluation of the group increases collective narcissism and intergroup hostility under intergroup threat.
Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka (2010) Negative evaluation of the group increases collective narcissism and intergroup hostility under intergroup threat. Working Paper. British Academy, London.
Results of 3 experimental studies in two countries indicate that collective narcissism can be experimentally manipulated. Collective narcissism is an emotional investment in a belief in exaggerated greatness of an in-group (Golec de Zavala et al. 2009). It increases when people face negative evaluation of the in-group (e.g. national group or university peers). This effect is independent of initial identification with the group. Momentary increase in collective narcissism results in retaliatory out-group negativity under intergroup threat. Thus, the present results replicate and extend the previous findings that individual levels of narcissistic identification with an in-group increase sensitivity to and hostile responses to intergroup threat. Unlike collective self-esteem that does not change in response to in-group evaluations, collective narcissism is unstable and defensive positive regard for the in-group. Study 2 indicates that it increases because the negative evaluation of the in-group is perceived as offence. Study 2 also shows that pairing negative evaluation with positive assessment of the in-group on a different dimension prevents the increase in collective narcissism. Therefore, it reduces a chance of escalation of intergroup hostility.
|Item Type:||Monograph (Working Paper)|
|Research Areas:||A. Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Health and Education|
|Deposited On:||04 Nov 2010 12:04|
|Last Modified:||31 Jan 2015 18:10|
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