About Collective Narcissism

Collective narcissism is belief that the ingroup’s exceptionality is insufficiently appreciated by others (Golec de Zavala, Dyduch-Hazar, & Lantos, 2019). Collective narcissism is motivated by the investment of an undermined sense of self-importance into the belief in the ingroup’s entitlement to privilege. Collective narcissism lies in the heart of populist rhetoric. People endorsing the collective narcissistic belief are prone to biased perceptions of intergroup situations and to conspiratorial thinking. They retaliate to imagined provocations against the ingroup but often overlook real threats. They are prejudiced and hostile. Deficits in emotional regulation, hostile attribution bias, and vindictiveness seem to lie behind the robust link between collective narcissism and intergroup hostility.

The concept of collective narcissism was developed in collaboration between political psychologists, political scientists, clinical psychologists and conflict resolution practitioners at the University of Pennsylvania’s Solomon Asch Center For Study Of Ethnopolitical Conflict notably Roy Eidelson, Nuwan Jayawickerme and David Goodwin. It was then studied in collaboration with students at SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Warsaw, Poland. This website provides a comprehensive overview of our past and current work on collective narcissism as well as information about other research centres that carry on working on this concept.


In PrejudiceLab we are investigating:


Other researchers working on the concept of collective narcissism:

Dr Aleksandra Cichocka, Kent University
Dr Aleksandra Cisłak, University of Social Sciences and Humanities
Dr Marta Marchlewska, Polish Academy of Sciences
Dr Paulina Górska, University of Warsaw