Overt Narcissism

The Overt Narcissist - Narcissistic Personality Inventory Modified

There are two major styles of narcissists. The first are the classic boasters. The second are the quiet ones who are hurt and offended by just about everything. You may know the first one as the braggart at the office coffee pot. She may also be the chick at the gym whose eyes never leave her own reflection. This quiz is about the first type.

This quiz is a modified version of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory. I have made changes where I have found the statements unclear. I also changed it so that each statement's responses are in degrees of how true they are. Most statements are not completely true or false for anyone.

As you take the quiz, please answer in terms of how well the statement fits you or how often your thinking fits with the statement.

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.

Most people fall someplace in between.

However, 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.

Raskin, R. & Terry, H. (1988). A Principal-Components Analysis of the Narcissistic Personality Inventory and Further Evidence of Its Construct Validity. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 54(5).

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.

I wish I were more assertive.

1 out of 80

Sometimes I am not sure of what I am doing.

2 out of 80

I consider my future success a given.

3 out of 80

I insist upon getting the respect that is due me.

4 out of 80

I get upset when people don't notice my looks at work or when socializing.

5 out of 80

My stories are not always inherently good or funny.

6 out of 80

I like to be the one to make decisions.

7 out of 80

The thought of ruling the world frightens me.

8 out of 80

My greatness is a given.

9 out of 80

I am not particularly interested in looking at myself in the mirror.

10 out of 80

People always seem to recognize my authority.

11 out of 80

There is a lot that I can learn from other people.

12 out of 80

I consider myself an extraordinary person.

13 out of 80

I like to do things for other people.

14 out of 80

It makes little difference to me whether I am a leader or not.

15 out of 80

Everybody likes to hear my stories.

16 out of 80

People can't always live their lives in terms of what they want.

17 out of 80

Around others, I prefer to blend in or not stand out.

18 out of 80

I will never be satisfied until I get all that I deserve.

19 out of 80

I doubt or worry about my leadership skills.

20 out of 80

I know if I ruled the world, it would be a better place.

21 out of 80

I think I am more capable than other people at everything.

22 out of 80

I sometimes depend on other people to get things done.

23 out of 80

I can usually talk my way out of anything.

24 out of 80

I am assertive.

25 out of 80

I think I am so important that somebody should write my biography.

26 out of 80

I can live my life in any way I want to without consequences.

27 out of 80

It makes me uncomfortable to be the center of attention.

28 out of 80

I know I have strengths and weaknesses as other people do.

29 out of 80

I have a natural talent for influencing people.

30 out of 80

I am a private person. I don't like my personal life exposed.

31 out of 80

I don't like it when people use passive-aggressive behavior, dishonesty, withholding of information, social isolation, gas-lighting, verbal abuse, or sex to get what they want. It upsets me when I catch myself doing any of those.

32 out of 80

I don't care about new fads and fashions.

33 out of 80

I don't mind blending into the crowd when I go out in public.

34 out of 80

Leadership is a quality that takes practice and skill building to develop.

35 out of 80

I can make anybody believe anything I want them to.

36 out of 80

I don't mind following clear reasonable orders even when they aren't my idea.

37 out of 80

I don't like to be the one making all decisions.

38 out of 80

I like and deserve to be complimented.

39 out of 80

I tend to be a fairly cautious person.

40 out of 80

I am not too concerned about success.

41 out of 80

I don't particularly like to show off my body.

42 out of 80

I rarely need to depend on anyone else to get things done.

43 out of 80

I am good at everything, and everybody keeps telling me so.

44 out of 80

When people compliment me, I can get embarrassed.

45 out of 80

I think respect from others is something I work towards and earn.

46 out of 80

I consider myself a born leader.

47 out of 80

I prefer to be a leader and not a follower.

48 out of 80

I expect a great deal from other people.

49 out of 80

If I influence others, it is with facts and a trust I have built up.

50 out of 80

I like to show off my body.

51 out of 80

I have a strong will to gain power or control.

52 out of 80

Compliments embarrass me.

53 out of 80

Being an authority doesn't mean that much to me.

54 out of 80

Amounting to something in the eyes of the world is important to me.

55 out of 80

I try to be modest.

56 out of 80

Power for its own sake doesn't interest me.

57 out of 80

I really like to be the center of attention.

58 out of 80

My body is outstanding, and I like to look at it.

59 out of 80

Modesty doesn't become me.

60 out of 80

I think it is enough to be reasonably happy without great power or fame.

61 out of 80

I am a trendsetter; I like to start new fads and fashions.

62 out of 80

I am no better or worse than most people.

63 out of 80

I always know what I am doing.

64 out of 80

I will usually show off if I get the chance.

65 out of 80

I like to have authority over other people.

66 out of 80

I like to admire myself in the mirror.

67 out of 80

I like to be the center of attention.

68 out of 80

I try to be successful, but it is not a sure thing.

69 out of 80

I think I am a special person.

70 out of 80

I find satisfaction in what I have and what comes to me.

71 out of 80

I find it easy to get people to do and think what I want them to.

72 out of 80

I try to accept the outcome of my actions.

73 out of 80

I can read people like a book.

74 out of 80

People are sometimes hard to understand.

75 out of 80

I am a good leader and always have been.

76 out of 80

People sometimes believe what I tell them.

77 out of 80

My body is nothing special.

78 out of 80

I would do almost anything on a dare.

79 out of 80

I try not to be a show off.

80 out of 80

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