Quiz reveals how your feelings about your body and a desire to be a leader could indicate if your ego is out of control
- Narcissistic Personality Inventory test has been developed by researchers
- Features 40 questions, including feelings about appearance
- Quiz asks if you enjoy control, manipulation or power
- A score above 17 indicates narcissistic tendencies
The Narcissistic Personality Inventory test, was developed by US-based researchers Robert Raskin and Howard Terry to assess people’s level of the trait for their psychological research.
According to their findings, those who score highly have characteristics such as being impulsive, aggressive and dominant as well as being hungry for power and believing they are ‘special’.
If you are overly fixated on the way you look and are interested in always being the leader, you could be a narcissist (picture posed by model)
The Narcissistic Personality Inventory test, was developed by researchers Robert Raskin and Howard Terry to assess people’s level of the trait for their psychological research
The quiz consists of 40 questions about your behaviour towards others, your feelings about your own body and appearance and how you assess your position in the world – a follower or a leader.
The average American has a score of 15.5, and the quiz’s authors say that 17 or above is ‘flirting with narcissism’.
Actors have an average score of 18.45, while reality stars typically come in at 19.45. Violent offenders in prison tend to have a score of 23.
Read on to answer the 40 questions and find out your score at the end.
ARE YOU A NARCISSITST?
A: I have a natural talent for influencing people.
B: I am not good at influencing people
Modesty doesn’t become me.
I am essentially a modest person.
I would do almost anything on a dare.
I tend to be a fairly cautious person.
When people compliment me I sometimes get embarrassed.
I know that I am good because everybody keeps telling me so.
The thought of ruling the world frightens the hell out of me.
If I ruled the world it would be a better place.
I can usually talk my way out of anything.
I try to accept the consequences of my behavior.
I prefer to blend in with the crowd.
I like to be the center of attention.
I will be a success.
I am not too concerned about success.
I am no better or worse than most people.
I think I am a special person.
I am not sure if I would make a good leader.
I see myself as a good leader.
I am assertive.
I wish I were more assertive.
I like to have authority over other people.
I don’t mind following orders.
I find it easy to manipulate people.
I don’t like it when I find myself manipulating people.
I insist upon getting the respect that is due me.
I usually get the respect that I deserve.
I don’t particularly like to show off my body.
I like to show off my body.
I can read people like a book.
People are sometimes hard to understand.
If I feel competent I am willing to take responsibility for making decisions.
I like to take responsibility for making decisions.
I just want to be reasonably happy.
I want to amount to something in the eyes of the world.
My body is nothing special.
I like to look at my body.
I try not to be a show off.
I will usually show off if I get the chance.
I always know what I am doing.
Sometimes I am not sure of what I am doing.
I sometimes depend on people to get things done.
I rarely depend on anyone else to get things done.
Sometimes I tell good stories.
Everybody likes to hear my stories.
I expect a great deal from other people.
I like to do things for other people.
I will never be satisfied until I get all that I deserve.
I take my satisfactions as they come.
Compliments embarrass me.
I like to be complimented.
I have a strong will to power.
Power for its own sake doesn’t interest me.
I don’t care about new fads and fashions.
I like to start new fads and fashions.
I like to look at myself in the mirror.
I am not particularly interested in looking at myself in the mirror.
I really like to be the center of attention.
It makes me uncomfortable to be the center of attention.
I can live my life in any way I want to.
People can’t always live their lives in terms of what they want.
Being an authority doesn’t mean that much to me.
People always seem to recognize my authority.
I would prefer to be a leader.
It makes little difference to me whether I am a leader or not.
I am going to be a great person.
I hope I am going to be successful.
People sometimes believe what I tell them.
I can make anybody believe anything I want them to.
I am a born leader.
Leadership is a quality that takes a long time to develop.
I wish somebody would someday write my biography.
I don’t like people to pry into my life for any reason.
I get upset when people don’t notice how I look when I go out in public.
I don’t mind blending into the crowd when I go out in public.
I am more capable than other people.
There is a lot that I can learn from other people.
I am much like everybody else.
I am an extraordinary person.
If both answers resonate, then choose the one you can relate to the most.
It should take only around five minutes to complete, and the closer your score is to 40, the more narcissistic you are.
Psychologists define narcissism as an ‘inflated, grandiose self-image,’ and it has persevered through the centuries as a personality trait and, in extreme cases, a psychological disorder.
Narcissists have a tendency to act selfishly, according to the lesson by W. Keith Campbell, and this can present itself in many different ways.
CALCULATE YOUR SCORE
According to the expert, ‘it’s like a disease where the sufferers feel pretty good, but the people around them suffer.’
Political leaders or people of power may make risky or unethical decisions as a result of narcissism, while narcissistic partners could be unfaithful and dishonest.
As a personality trait, narcissism can appear in two forms: grandiose narcissism and vulnerable narcissism.
In both forms, however, ‘the dark side of narcissism’ will ultimately show up over time.
A much more extreme type of narcissism also exists, and it’s classified as a psychological disorder.