Maryna Kołeczek, Katarzyna Jamróz-Dolińska, Mirjana Rupar, and Maciej Sekerdej from our lab just published a new paper in Personality and Individual Differences.
They found differences in the way critical and uncritical patriots think. Critical patriotism is the willingness to criticize one’s country or nation in order to improve it. Uncritical patriotism is seeing the country or nation as superior to others and intolerance of criticism of the country or nation. There is a positive link between critical patriotism and the willingness to carefully analyze data and use reflective thinking instead of relying on a “first thought” or a “gut feeling”. On the other hand, uncritical patriotism is positively linked with trusting one’s intuitions and relying on them in making evaluations and decisions. The results suggest that uncritical support for one’s country and nation is an intuitive response to nation-related issues.
Full article is available here.