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

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