When Group Pride Goes Too Far: Understanding Collective Narcissism

The Complex Causes Behind Collective Narcissistic Beliefs

3 min readNov 14, 2023
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Group narcissism, often referred to as collective narcissism, is the term used to describe a larger group of individuals who share narcissistic qualities. additionally, it characterizes circumstances in which a group of individuals believe they are better than other groups or organizations.

In practically every kind of cooperative group environment, including religious ones, collective narcissism can be noticed. Some of the examples of such groups could be:

  • activist groups
  • groups in politics
  • charitable institutions
  • academic departments
  • social groups
  • leisure-based groups
  • fan following
  • cultural groups

Although individuals with narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) or narcissistic tendencies may belong to a group, not every member of the group will exhibit narcissistic tendencies. In other words, it is the inner circle’s culture, not the people, that is the source of collective narcissism.

Examples of collective narcissism




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