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

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