Last year, 52 percent of UK citizens voted in favor of Brexit, starting the country on a path to leave the EU. In a new study, researchers have found that xenophobia – the fear of other groups – was strongly linked to the yes vote regardless of age, gender, or education. The study also identified collective narcissism as a predictor of election results. Collective narcissists believe that the UK is entitled to special treatment because of its greatness, which is not being sufficiently recognized by other countries. The study’s lead author Agnieszka Golec de Zavala of Goldsmiths, University of London, tells us more.
ResearchGate: What motivated this study?
Agnieszka Golec de Zavala: We were interested in whether collective narcissism predicts political behaviour such as voting. Collective narcissism refers to a tendency to exaggerate the importance of your own group and expect a special recognition for it. In this case, national group …