//Overt Narcissism

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

2018-08-30T11:45:48+00:00August 30th, 2018|
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