Outgroup Attitudes, Personality and Support for Secessionist Movements: IWAH and Collective Narcissism Predict Support for Scottish Independence

David Colledge, Joanne Ingram

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Abstract

Attitudes toward secession are studied across disciplines yet remain under-researched in the field of personality psychology. The present study (N = 430) examined xenophobia, identification with all humanity (IWAH) and 4 personality traits (universalism-tolerance, openness, right-wing authoritarianism, collective narcissism) in relation to attitudes toward Scottish independence. IWAH was a predictor of support for independence, while xenophobia and right-wing authoritarianism were predictors of less favourable attitudes to independence. These findings complemented previous research linking support for secessionist movements with non-nativist thinking and personality traits such as agreeableness and extraversion. Collective narcissism was the strongest predictor of support for Scottish independence, hinting at a narcissistic distortion in secessionist thinking that invites further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)424-436
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Social and Political Psychology
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 21 Aug 2023

Keywords

  • Secession
  • IWAH
  • collective narcissism
  • Scottish independence

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