Collective narcissism and anti-semitism in Poland

Golec de Zavala, Agnieszka and Cichocka, Aleksandra (2012) Collective narcissism and anti-semitism in Poland. Group Processes and Intergroup relations, 15 (2) . pp. 213-229. ISSN 1368-4302 [Article] (doi:10.1177/1368430211420891)

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Two survey studies examined the relationship between collective narcissism - an identification with an in-group linked to an emotional investment in an unrealistic belief about its unparalleled greatness (Golec de Zavala et al., 2009) - and anti-Semitism in Poland. The results indicate that this relationship is simultaneously mediated by (a) a belief that the in-group is constantly threatened by hostile intentions of other groups (the Polish siege beliefs; Bar-Tal & Antebi, 1992a, b) and (b) a belief that the Jewish out-group is particularly threatening because its members secretly aim to dominate the world (the conspiracy stereotype of Jews; Bergmann, 2008; Kofta & Sędek, 2005). The results confirm the earlier findings that collective narcissism is linked to increased sensitivity to intergroup threat which drives its association with intergroup hostility. The results also support earlier suggestions that Polish anti-Semitism is grounded in threatened national pride.

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Research Areas: A. > School of Health and Education
Item ID: 6606
Notes on copyright: Pre-refereed version submitted to Sage for publication.
Depositing User: dr Agnieszka Golec de Zavala
Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2010 11:06
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 00:33

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