National narcissism predicts support for political “greenwashing” campaigns, study finds

Just as people can have unrealistic beliefs about their own greatness, people can unrealistic beliefs about the greatness of the nation in which they live. This latter phenomenon is known as national narcissism. New research provides evidence that national narcissists are happy to boast about their nation’s environmental protections, while opposing policies that would actually benefit the environment. The findings appear in the Journal of Environmental Psychology. “We observed the dissociation between environmental claims and actions in the worldwide political arena,” said study author Aleksan…

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