Psychological Entitlement

Stronge, S. (University of Auckland), Sibley, C. (University of Auckland)

The rejection-identification model describes how rejection of an ingroup often results in increased ingroup identification. However, research regarding narcissists suggests they are only likely to identify with a group when it is personally beneficial. Using a large national panel study of adult New Zealanders, we examined the moderating effect of psychological entitlement on the rejection-identification link. Across two studies, perceived discrimination towards an ingroup was consistently associated with higher ingroup identification. However, this link was attenuated among those high in psychological entitlement for members of religious groups (Study 1; N = 7,767) and members of minority ethnic groups (Study 2; N = 20,969). In contrast, for members of a majority ethnic group (New Zealand Europeans), psychological entitlement strengthened the link between perceived discrimination and ingroup identification. These results suggest that narcissists’ ingroup identification is informed in part by self-interest and demonstrate the impact of personality upon social identity processes.

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Personality and Personality Processes