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The Narcissistic Personality Inventory Tells You How Self-Centered You May Be

We all have that one friend. You love 'em to pieces, but they're just so incredibly vain that it can be difficult to tolerate. If no one comes to mind immediately, maybe that friend ... is you. Awareness is the first step to handling your conceitedness, so here's a short test to see just how self-centered you may actually be.

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The Narcissistic Personality Inventory (NPI) is a classic psychology questionnaire that has been relied upon for years. Since Robin Raskin and Calvin Hall developed the NPI in 1979, it has become one of the most widely used personality measures for non-clinical levels of the trait narcissism, which is characterized by being excessively self-absorbed. Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), on the other hand, is the diagnosable disorder where someone may have a "grandiose sense of importance, preoccupation with unlimited success, belief that one is special and unique, exploitative of others, lack of empathy, arrogance, and jealousy of others," as Psych Central describes.

Are You So Vain?

Many assessments of the NPI have taken place since 1971 that have debated the accuracy of the test. A 2012 study found that the NPI was not very valid for recognizing NPD unless you control for self-esteem. However, the NPI is still used in non-clinical settings to measure "normal" or "subclinical" (borderline) narcissism. That means it's fine to just take the NPI for fun and see how you stack up against other non-NPD folks in terms of conceitedness.

The NPI presents you with 40 pairs of statements. Things like "I can usually talk my way out of anything" or "I try to accept the consequences of my behavior," for example. You have to choose the one that you feel best reflects your personality.

The test should only take you about five to 10 minutes to complete. When it's done, you'll see your score, which will be a number between 0 and 40 (40 is the highest level of narcissism). At this point, you'll see where you rank against others who have taken the test too. Click right here to take the test yourself.

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Written by Joanie Faletto May 21, 2018

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