The Psychology of Collective Narcissism: Insights from Social Identity Theory

The Psychology of Collective Narcissism: Insights from Social Identity Theory

by Agnieszka Golec De Zavala
The Psychology of Collective Narcissism: Insights from Social Identity Theory

The Psychology of Collective Narcissism: Insights from Social Identity Theory

by Agnieszka Golec De Zavala



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The Psychology of Collective Narcissism is a ground-breaking text that presents a new theory of collective narcissism, a belief that exaggerated greatness of one’s own group should be but is not sufficiently appreciated by others.

The book presents this concept against the background of social identity theory and research. It explores antecedent as well as social and political consequences of collective narcissism. The author discusses how this burgeoning theory and research can help to elucidate a wide range of psychological dynamics involved in pressing societal issues, such as the declining appeal of democracy, increasing populism, decreasing social solidarity, increasing societal polarization and prejudice, intergroup hostility and political violence, social inequality, and fake news and belief in conspiracy theories. Also referring to societal problems exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, this highly topical work explores socially shared beliefs as risk factors when predicting responses to crises and highlights conditions in which collective narcissism can be expected. The author also reviews research on interventions reducing the link between collective narcissism, prejudice, and retaliatory intergroup hostility focusing on her recent research on mindfulness.

This is a valuable read for academics and students in psychology and the social sciences, those interested in societal processes as well as professionals dealing with the impact of collective narcissism.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license. Funded by SWPS University, Poland.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781003802013
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/31/2023
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 250
Sales rank: 123,698
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Agnieszka Golec de Zavala is an associate professor at the Department of Psychology at Goldsmiths, University of London, UK. She has contributed to several diverse research areas, including psychological predictors of political conservatism, the role of motivated cognition in intergroup conflict, social identity, narcissism, collective narcissisms, and mindfulness. The breadth of her work is not only seen in scientific contributions, but also in her engagement to use psychological science to address social problems such as social inequalities and prejudice. She is a recipient of several prestigious scholarships including the Fulbright Scholarship and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Scholarships. She frequently works as an independent expert evaluating proposals submitted to the Research Executive Agency (REA) at the European Commission.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Psychology of collective narcissism

  1. How does narcissism become collective?
  2. ‘Dark side of ingroup love’: Collective narcissism and ingroup identification
  3. National narcissism, nationalism, and patriotism
  4. Collective narcissism, intergroup threat, and intergroup hate
  5. Collective narcissism and prejudice: Politics of hate
  6. Collective narcissism and social exclusion
  7. Collective narcissism of populism
  8. ‘Revolutionaries in reverse’: Collective narcissism and political orientation
  9. Collective narcissism and pursuit of equality
  10. ‘To the point of irrationality’: Collective narcissism and conspiracy theories
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