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

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