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Collective narcissism and intergroup hostility Seminar

16:00 - 18:00
15 January 2015
University of Southampton Highfield Campus Building 44 (Shackleton Building) Level 1, Room 1087

For more information regarding this seminar, please email Coral Abraham or Allyson Marchi at; .

Event details

Visiting Speaker - Autumn Seminar Series 2014


An inflated belief in one’s own superiority and the need of its constant recognition and validation by others are characteristic for narcissism. This narcissism is collective when the superiority beliefs concern an in-group rather than individual. Our research shows that collective narcissism predicts retaliatory intergroup hostility when in-group´s inflated image is threatened by others. Collective narcissism predicts intention to harm the threatening out-group but no other out-groups. The relationship between collective narcissism and intergroup hostility is mediated by the perception of in-group criticism as personally threatening. These studies indicate that Threatened Egotism Theory can be extended into the intergroup domain. In addition, collective narcissism predicts the perception of ambiguous actions of others as offensive. This perception mediates the relationship between collective narcissism and intergroup hostility. 

Speaker information

Dr Agnieszka Golec, Goldsmiths, University of London. My research interests and expertise lie in the areas of social and political psychology. I am particularly interested in predictors of political radicalisation, violence and prejudice. I am interested in collective and individual narcissism and their social consequences. I am also interested in how prejudice is embodied. For example – why do we use a metaphor of cleansing when we mean exterminating others (e.g. ´ethnic cleansing´). I also research the role of olfaction (smell) in intergroup relations. I have examined how intergroup attitudes are shaped by the interaction of ideological orientations – such as political conservatism, nationalism or religious fundamentalism – and epistemic motivations (need for cognitive closure, death anxiety, uncertainty avoidance). I will welcome students interested in research in any of those areas.

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