Do I have narcissistic personality disorder traits?

Narcissism facts -infographic. Narcissistic personality disorder test.

Narcissism facts -infographic

Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) symptoms are more common than one may think. Some of the NPD symptoms can be motivating [1], but also protective to one’s self-image [2]. Others, however, can be exploitative and manipulative [3],[4]. It is this confusing mix of adaptive and maladaptive traits that make it so difficult to identify someone with NPD. This narcissistic personality disorder test can be very useful to those who think they may have NPD and those who suspect someone of having NPD traits. This Narcissistic personality disorder test focuses on both the malignant and positive narcissism traits. Besides a total score, this narcissistic personality disorder test also provides scores on the categories: Entitlement Rage, Hiding the Self, Exploitative, Grandiose Fantasy, Self-Sacrificing Self-Enhancement, Devaluing, and Contingent Self-Esteem. The scores on these categories may help explain why you (or your friend) behave(s) the way you/they do. In general, the higher the score on the test, to more likely it is that someone meets the criteria for NPD, but this narcissistic personality disorder test cannot be used as a diagnostic tool. Please reach out to a professional in case you would like to be diagnosed properly.
Credits for this narcissistic personality disorder test are for the creators of the Pathological Narcissism Inventory (PNI): Aaron L. Pincus and colleagues.
The narcissistic personality disorder test takes approximately 13 minutes, is free, anonymous, and gives direct results and recommendations for future steps.


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Narcissistic Personality Disorder Test

Welcome to the Narcissistic personality disorder test

Sometimes it's easier to be alone than to face not getting everything I want from other people.

When others get a glimpse of my needs, I feel anxious and ashamed.

I want to amount to something in the eyes of the world.

I need others to acknowledge me.

When others don't respond to me the way I would like them to, it is hard for me to still feel ok with myself.

I can't stand relying on other people because it makes me feel weak.

It's important I show people I can do it on my own, even if I have some doubts inside.

I often fantasize about being recognized for my accomplishments.

I help others in order to prove I'm a good person.

I often fantasize about performing heroic deeds.

I often find myself envying others' accomplishments.

I am disappointed when people don't notice me.

I try to show what a good person I am through my sacrifices.

It irritates me when people don't notice how good a person I am.

It's hard to feel good about myself, unless I know other people like me.

Everybody likes to hear my stories.

Sometimes I avoid people because I'm concerned they won't acknowledge what I do for them.

I like to have friends who rely on me because it makes me feel important.

I am preoccupied with thoughts and concerns that most people are not interested in me.

I often fantasize about being rewarded for my efforts.

It's hard to feel good about myself unless I know other people admire me.

Sometimes I avoid people because I'm afraid they won't do what I want them to do.

I get mad when people do not notice all that I do for them.

I often fantasize about accomplishing things that are probably beyond my means.

Sacrificing for others makes me the better person.

When others disappoint me, I often get angry at myself.

I can read people like a book.

I find it easy to manipulate people.

I can make myself feel good by taking care of others.

I often fantasize about being admired and respected.

I can make anyone believe anything I want them to.

It's hard to show others the weakness I feel inside.

I will never be satisfied until I get all that I deserve.

My self-esteem fluctuates a lot.

I can usually talk my way out of anything.

It's hard to feel good about myself when I am alone.

When people don't notice me, I start to feel bad about myself.

I often hide my needs for fear that others will see me as needy and dependent.

I get annoyed by people who are not interested in what I say or do.

I can get pretty angry when others disagree with me.

I get angry when criticized.

I sometimes need important others in my life to reassure me of my self-worth.

When others don't meet my expectations, I often feel ashamed about what I wanted.

Sometimes I avoid people because I'm concerned that they'll disappoint me.

When others don't notice me, I start to feel worthless.

I sometimes feel ashamed about my expectations of others when they disappoint me.

I feel important when others rely on me.

I often fantasize about having a huge impact on the world around me.

When I do things for other people, I expect them to do things for me.

I typically get very angry when I'm unable to get what I want from others.

I wouldn't disclose all my intimate thoughts and feelings to someone I didn't admire.

I hate asking for help.

Literature used for this Narcissistic personality disorder test page:

  • [1] Lukowitsky, M. R., Roberts, N. R., Lehner, A. N., Pincus, A. L., & Conroy, D. E. (2007). Differentiating forms of narcissism by achievement-related motives and interpersonal problems. In annual meeting of the Society for Interpersonal Theory and Research, Madison, WI.
  • [2] Morf, C. C., & Rhodewalt, F. (2001). Unraveling the paradoxes of narcissism: A dynamic self-regulatory processing model. Psychological inquiry, 12, 177-196.
  • [3] Pincus, A. L., Ansell, E. B., Pimentel, C. A., Cain, N. M., Wright, A. G., & Levy, K. N. (2009). Initial construction and validation of the Pathological Narcissism Inventory. Psychological assessment, 21, 365. Article about this narcissistic personality disorder test.
  • [4] Watson, P. J., Varnell, S. P., & Morris, R. J. (1999). Self-reported narcissism and perfectionism: An ego-psychological perspective and the continuum hypothesis. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 19, 59-69.