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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.01901

Collective narcissism and in-group satisfaction predict opposite attitudes towards refugees via attribution of hostility

 Karolina Dyduch-Hazar1*,  Blazej Mrozinski2 and Agnieszka Golec de Zavala2, 3, 4
  • 1University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Poland
  • 2Faculty of Psychology, SWPS University of Social Sciences and Humanities,Poznan, Poland
  • 3Goldsmiths University of London, United Kingdom
  • 4University Institute of Lisbon (ISCTE), Portugal

We examined whether and why collective narcissism (i.e., resentment for insufficient recognition of the in-group’s importance) versus in-group satisfaction (i.e., a belief that the in-group and one’s membership in it are reasons to be proud) have opposite, unique associations with hostility towards Syrian refugees in Poland. Results of two cross-sectional studies (Study 1, N=1066 and Study 2, N=419) converge to indicate that collective narcissism predicts hostility towards Syrian refugees via attributing Syrian refugees with hostile intentions towards Poles. In-group satisfaction is associated with rejection of hostile actions towards Syrian refugees because it decreases hostile attribution bias with regards to Syrian refugees. Thus, being a satisfied member of a national group promotes tolerance towards refugees, while collective narcissism is associated with blaming refugees for provoking the in-group’s hostility.

Keywords: Collective narcissism, ingroup satsifaction, Hostile attribution bias, Intergroup Hostility, Refugee crisis

Received: 26 Mar 2019; Accepted: 02 Aug 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Dyduch-Hazar, Mrozinski and Golec de Zavala. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mrs. Karolina Dyduch-Hazar, University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Warsaw, Poland, kdyduch-hazar@swps.edu.pl