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The Narcissist Test


The Narcissist Test has been designed to help people decide if someone they know has characteristics and behaviors that need attention. It's not so much a test as it is a checklist which touches on various manifestations of narcissism. The key is your willingness to suspend judgment and denial and be open to the possibility that your friend may need help with a view to improving your relationship with them, or detaching from them as the case may be; or in the best possible case, encouraging them to seek professional help.

Note: It may well be that a Narcissist wouldn't even consider taking such a test, so the questions have been written using the third person. If you are using the test for self-examination then the appropriate substitute would be "Do you


" at the beginning of each question.

GRANDIOSITY: Answer the following questions with a "Yes" or a "No".

1 Does s/he seem to feel a great sense of self-importance? (e.g. exaggerate achievements and talents, and/or expect to be recognized as superior without commensurate achievements)
2 Does s/he have a preoccupation with fantasies? (i.e. unlimited success, power, fame, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love-the perfect romance?)
3 Does s/he feel that they are an actor, and life is their play or movie?
4 Do you and others think s/he has too high an opinion of themselves?


5 Does s/he habitually arrive late for appointments?
6 Does s/he habitually keep others waiting?
7 Does s/he act like the purpose of others is primarily to serve their needs?
8 Does s/he take advantage of others to achieve their goals? (e.g. interpersonally exploitive)
9 Does s/he display arrogant, patronizing, snobbish or haughty behaviors or attitudes towards others?
10 Does s/he lack empathy for others: their feelings and their situations or needs? (ie. "tune out" when other people tell them their problems?)
11 Does s/he require constant attention and admiration/approval from others?
12 Does s/he act overly dramatic,erratic, or anti-social?
13 Does his/her self-centered or egotistical behavior cause problems for him/her at work, or with other people?
14 Does his/her self-centered or egotistical behavior occur in many personal and social situations?


15 Does s/he react to criticism with feelings of rage, shame or humiliation? (ie. easily offended)
16 Does s/he resist or deny that s/he is self-centered when it is pointed out by others?


17 Is s/he often envious of others, or believe that others are envious of them?
18 Does his/her self-centered or egotistical behavior cause him/her a lot of emotional distress?
19 Does s/he get depressed a lot?
20 Does s/he have a problem with substance abuse?


21 Does s/he truly feel they are better than most people? (ie. believing s/he is "special" and unique and can only be understood by, or should associate with, other special or high-status people or institutions)
22 Does s/he have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment from others? (ie. sense of entitlement or automatic compliance with his or her expectations)
23 Does s/he believe that they are always right?
24 Did his/her self-centered or egotistical behavior start before age 30?

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