Narcissistic ingroup love in Europe: Threat, identity indispensability and extreme forms of national identification

Principal Investigator: Rita Guerra, ISCTE-IUL


Team: Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, Goldsmiths, University of London; Constantine Sedikides, University of Southampton; Georgios Abakoumkin, University of Thessaly; Tim Wildschut, University of Southampton


Project is funded by Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Portugal (FCT).


The project examines whether in a context of a shared identity, threat to the national group status increases narcissistic rather than genuine ingroup love, triggering then intergroup hostility. The project uses cross-sectional surveys and experiments to test these ideas in the context of the Europe's crisis, specifically focusing on countries of low (Portugal and Greece) and high economic status (UK and Germany) within the European Union (EU). It is expected to contribute to both theory advancement and the development of guidelines to promote secure and non-narcissistic forms of national identification. This is especially relevant in the midst of the recent crisis in Europe along with the increase of extreme right and anti-European parties represented in the EU Parliament.