Collective Narcissism, In-Group Satisfaction, and Solidarity in the Face of COVID-19

Christopher M. Federico, Agnieszka Golec de Zavala, Tomasz Baran

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The present study explored the antecedents of solidarity amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Given that solidarity during mass emergencies involves the development of a social identity encompassing those facing a common fate, we examined how national in-group satisfaction (IS, a belief that the national in-group and one’s membership in it are of high value) versus national collective narcissism (CN, a belief that the national in-group is exceptional and entitled to privileged treatment but not sufficiently recognized by others) predicted solidarity with those affected by the pandemic in Poland. The results of cross-sectional and dynamic analyses from a panel study on a representative sample of Polish adults indicate that IS predicted greater COVID-19 solidarity, whereas CN predicted reduced COVID-19 solidarity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1071-1081
Number of pages11
JournalSocial Psychological and Personality Science
Issue number6
StatePublished - Oct 14 2020

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Funding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: Data collection was supported by Polish National Science Centre grant 2017/26/A/HS6/00647 awarded to Agnieszka Golec de Zavala.

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  • COVID-19
  • collective narcissism
  • national in-group satisfaction
  • solidarity


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