Why collective narcissists are so politically volatile

Research from my PrejudiceLab at Goldsmiths, University of London shows that people who score high on the collective narcissism scale are particularly sensitive to even the smallest offences to their group’s image.

The first issues of the German version of French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo are for sale at a newsstand in Berlin. Photo credit: JOHN MACDOUGALL/AFP/Getty Images

In 2007, a British school teacher in Sudan received a jail sentence under Sharia law because she allowed her pupils to name a classroom teddy-bear ‘Muhammad’. The day after the sentence was announced, more than 10,000 people took to the streets of Khartoum demanding the teacher’s execution for blasphemy. While alternative explanations existed – the name Muhammad was chosen by children’s voting, it is a popular male name in Sudan – the teacher faced such disproportionate hostility because some people interpreted her actions as an insult to their whole group.

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Study: How You React to Facebook Likes Is Linked to Self-Esteem

Have you ever refreshed your social media page, tallying each new like or lamenting that there are none? A new study reveals what that says about your self-esteem and your sense of purpose.

There are nearly 4.5 billion likes generated daily on Facebook, with half of all users liking at least one post every day, according to the Pew Research Center. And as most people who ever posted a photo on Facebook can attest, getting likes feels good while being ignored by all your online friends can be potentially depressing. Now a new study sheds more light on how all these likes make us feel, finding that those with a sense of purpose are less likely to be affected. 

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Six Crew Members Emerge from Year-Long Mars Simulation

What kind of person could withstand a trip to Mars and back? NASA and Hi-SEAS is trying to find out.

Crewmember walks out in space suit as part of the simulation Mars program with the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (Credit: Hi-SEAS)

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