Covert Narcissist

Maladaptive Covert Narcissism Scale (MCNS)

There are two major styles of narcissists. The first are the classic boasters. These are overt narcissists. The second are the quiet ones who are hurt and offended by just about everything. You may know this as the quiet guy at the office who can never stand to be wrong. This is the covert narcissist. This quiz is for the second personality trait.

Like most things, narcissism is a continuum. To one side, you have those who fully embrace self awareness and self compassion. Their self-worth is built on knowing their strengths and their weaknesses. On the other end, there are those who lack an internal sense of self-worth. They compensate for this emptiness in them self asserting a false self image, by controlling others, and through abuse. For many covert narcissists, they do this by taking on the roll of a caregiver.

Most people fall someplace in between. We all can grow and change over time. After the quiz, I have added links to resources both about self improvement and about recognizing when someone else in your life is narcissistic.

This quiz is based on the work of doctors Cheek, Hendin, & Wink. The main source is Cheek, J. M., Hendin, H. M., Wink., P. M. (2013) An extended version of the Hypersensitive Narcissism Scale, Association for Research in Personality, June Posters 2013.

Nobody associated with this site is a medial professional or a psychologist. This is not medical advice. It is not psychological advice. The quiz as posted on the site should not be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. This quiz is provided for education only. Your answers will be anonymously recorded. They may be used for research.

1. I wonder why other people aren't more appreciative of my good qualities.
2. I tend to see other people as being either great or terrible.
3. Even when I am in a group of friends, I often feel very alone and uneasy.
4. I am especially sensitive to success and failure.
5. I often interpret the remarks of others in a personal way.
6. I am jealous of good-looking people.
7. When I enter a room I often become self-conscious and feel that the eyes of others are upon me.
8. I dislike being with a group unless I know that I am appreciated by at least one of those present.
9. My feelings are easily hurt by ridicule or the slighting remarks of others.
10. I resent others who have what I lack.
11. I tend to feel humiliated when criticized.
12. I dislike sharing the credit of an achievement with others.
13. I try to avoid rejection at all costs.
14. I tend to become involved in relationships in which I alternately adore and despise the other person.
15. Defeat or disappointment usually shame or anger me, but I try not to show it.
16. I feel that I have enough on my hand without worrying about other people's troubles.
17. I have problems that nobody else seems to understand.
18. I can become entirely absorbed in thinking about my personal affairs, my health, my cares or my relations to others.
19. I feel that I am temperamentally different from most people.
20. I sometimes have fantasies about being violent without knowing why.
21. I easily become wrapped up in my own interests and forget the existence of others.
22. I am secretly "put out" or annoyed when other people come to me with their troubles, asking me for their time and sympathy.
23. My secret thoughts, feelings, and actions would horrify some of my friends.

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