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 don't mind blending into the crowd when I go out in public.
I am a trendsetter; I like to start new fads and fashions.
The thought of ruling the world frightens me.
Sometimes I am not sure of what I am doing.
I consider my future success a given.
I try to accept the outcome of my actions.
I am not particularly interested in looking at myself in the mirror.
I can usually talk my way out of anything.
I insist upon getting the respect that is due me.
It makes me uncomfortable to be the center of attention.
I think it is enough to be reasonably happy without great power or fame.
People can't always live their lives in terms of what they want.
I am assertive.
I am a private person. I don't like my personal life exposed.
I don't like to be the one making all decisions.
I think respect from others is something I work towards and earn.
I like to show off my body.
I think I am so important that somebody should write my biography.
I know if I ruled the world, it would be a better place.
Amounting to something in the eyes of the world is important to me.
I like and deserve to be complimented.
My greatness is a given.
I try to be successful, but it is not a sure thing.
Around others, I prefer to blend in or not stand out.
I would do almost anything on a dare.
I have a strong will to gain power or control.
I know I have strengths and weaknesses as other people do.
I am good at everything, and everybody keeps telling me so.
Power for its own sake doesn't interest me.
I have a natural talent for influencing people.
I am not too concerned about success.
I can live my life in any way I want to without consequences.
I like to have authority over other people.
If I influence others, it is with facts and a trust I have built up.
I get upset when people don't notice my looks at work or when socializing.
I think I am more capable than other people at everything.
I try to be modest.
My body is nothing special.
I don't care about new fads and fashions.
People always seem to recognize my authority.
I find it easy to get people to do and think what I want them to.
Compliments embarrass me.
I doubt or worry about my leadership skills.
I try not to be a show off.
There is a lot that I can learn from other people.
I am a good leader and always have been.
Everybody likes to hear my stories.
I sometimes depend on other people to get things done.
People sometimes believe what I tell them.
Being an authority doesn't mean that much to me.
My body is outstanding, and I like to look at it.
It makes little difference to me whether I am a leader or not.
I wish I were more assertive.
I prefer to be a leader and not a follower.
I rarely need to depend on anyone else to get things done.
I will never be satisfied until I get all that I deserve.
I expect a great deal from other people.
I can read people like a book.
I don't particularly like to show off my body.
I think I am a special person.
I can make anybody believe anything I want them to.
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.
People are sometimes hard to understand.
Modesty doesn't become me.
I like to do things for other people.
I consider myself an extraordinary person.
I don't mind following clear reasonable orders even when they aren't my idea.
I always know what I am doing.
I really like to be the center of attention.
I like to be the center of attention.
I consider myself a born leader.
I will usually show off if I get the chance.
I like to be the one to make decisions.
When people compliment me, I can get embarrassed.
I am no better or worse than most people.
I tend to be a fairly cautious person.
Leadership is a quality that takes practice and skill building to develop.
My stories are not always inherently good or funny.
I like to admire myself in the mirror.
I find satisfaction in what I have and what comes to me.

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