Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

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Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

Head of the PrejudiceLab; Reader, Goldsmith, University of London, United Kingdom; University Professor, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poznań, Poland; Visiting Professor, ISCTE-CIS, Lisbon, Portugal

Summary of research

Collective narcissism, prejudice, extremism and populism; Psychology of intergroup conflict and political violence; Embodiment of prejudice; Self-transcendent emotions, mindfulness, yoga

Research interests

In my research I have developed a specialized research agenda driven by a question: What makes people prejudiced and what makes them fight in conflicts? I have researched the concept of collective narcissism – resentment for the in-group’s unrecognized greatness – that predicts retaliatory intergroup hostility, prejudice, revengefulness and unforgiveness, political radicalisation and belief in conspiracy theories. In my recent research I have examined how collective narcissists react to intergroup exclusion and how collective narcissism is related to personal self-esteem. My lab have also been testing the effects of self-transcendent emotions on the link between collective narcissism and intergroup hostility. We have used methods of neuroscience and physiology to assess the mechanisms underlying this effect.

I also examined how prejudice towards essentialized out-groups is embodied. In particular, I looked at effects of smell on prejudice and the link between physical contacts with out-group members and a need for physical cleansing. I also examined the cognitive and motivational underpinnings of political beliefs related to intergroup conflict and prejudice (e.g. political conservatism, nationalism and patriotism, religious orientations). I examined how such ideological orientations interact with the complexity of political reasoning; motivated closed-mindedness (e.g. need for cognitive closure), and death anxiety in inspiring intergroup hostility.

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Collective narcissism and Russian invasion on Ukraine

Collective narcissism and Russian invasion on Ukraine Agnieszka Golec de Zavala

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How can research on collective narcissism help to build narratives of unity?

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Social identity threat across group status – the role of collective narcissism

These are my responses to questions asked to me and the co-authors on this paper “Social identity threat across group status: Links to psychological w

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Narcyzm i nienawiść w polityce

Narcyzm i nienawiść w polityce Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, Goldsmiths, University of London

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Narcyzm narodowy i patriarchat

Narcyzm grupowy to przekonanie, że jest się członkiem wyjątkowej grupy, której cechą definiującą jest to, że jej wyjątkowość nie jest wystarczająco uz

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