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    Polish Identity: A Complex Landscape of Patriotism and Critique

    Explore the intricate tapestry of Polish national identity: from patriotism to skepticism, a study reveals diverse attitudes shaping modern Poland.

    The Institute of Psychology at the Polish Academy of Sciences recently conducted a study on Polish national identity, revealing nuanced attitudes among respondents. Only 40% express a secure attachment to Poland, actively engaging in its affairs, while nearly 60% harbor reservations ranging from shame to narcissistic love or indifference.

    The study was conducted via an online survey on a nationwide, quota-based sample of over 600 Polish individuals, representative in terms of gender, age, and residential area size.

    Safe Attachments: 40% of respondents are securely attached, contributing actively to national life. They are categorized into “Fulfilled Democrats” and “Open Traditionalists.”

    Insecure Attachments: The remaining 60% exhibit “insecure” attachments, typified by special entitlement or a need for external validation, divided into “Committed Conservatives,” “Shamed by Poland,” and “Withdrawn Pessimists.”

    Surveyed criteria for Polish identity emphasize language fluency and personal identification over birthplace or ancestry. Historical consciousness is valued, yet interest in history varies. A significant portion believes in suppressed technologies and governmental conspiracies, reflecting widespread distrust in authorities.

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