It might sound strange that an individual may have a collective narcissism or one that applies to how they view things from a national perspective.
Recent research illustrates the defining features of a national narcissist. It’s well known that narcissists feel superior to others and have shallow egos that are easily punctured/threatened.
Research indicates that national narcissists who view their political group, nation, or religion as superior but not appreciated are known as ‘collective narcissism’ (Young, 2022).
Now studies have been performed which indicate that when an individual is high on scales of national narcissism, they are much more willing to act against individuals belonging to the same group. Such actions that individuals assessed for high national narcissism seemed more likely to do include:
Spread false information
Perform Internet surveillance
Those with high national identification weren’t likely to act against fellow citizens and thus were substantially different from the category of a national narcissist.
In the US more extreme scenarios were imagined and national narcissists again were more likely to act against fellow citizens by carrying out domestic acts of terrorism.
While this work is correlational, still it reveals that narcissistic characteristics may mean an individual being damaging to a group.
Young, E. 'National narcissists are more willing to conspire against their fellow citizens' (2022) 'British Psychological Association' [URL] Available at: https://digest.bps.org.uk/2022/06/27/national-narcissists-are-more-willing-to-conspire-against-their-fellow-citizens/#more-47885 (Date Accessed: 27/06/2022)